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Summaries

Kirkuk and the Crossroads of U.S. Foreign Policy

By James Poulos

It is hard to find a better symbol of America's bewildering fortunes and tough choices in the Middle East than in Kirkuk -- the strategic Iraqi city where troops from Baghdad, joined by Shiite militias commanded by Iran, did battle this month with the Kurds who had secured the contested city.


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