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With the #coronavirus  spreading across #Iran  and into neighboring states there are questions about whether it might also spread to bases where US, anti-ISIS Coalition and Iraqi personnel work together.

Iraqi women demonstrators wear protective face masks, following the outbreak of the new #coronavirus , as they carry Iraqi flag during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq on February 25, 2020. Wissm al-Okili, Reuters

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#BREAKING : Iraqi security forces kill at least one protester i #Baghdad  and wound 24 others after opening fire with shot gun #IraqiProtests 

The grave of killed Iraqi militia head became an anti-US pilgrimage hotspot in Najaf. Hundreds of women and men visit the grave to mourn the once mighty leader, photographing every single phase of their trip, even with selfies. #iraq 

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Iraqi security forces kill protester in Baghdad - police sources - Reuters

Two men jailed after trying to smuggle Iraqi nationals including a child into UK in a speedboat

(AFP) BREAKING - Iran deputy health minister tests positive for coronavirus: adviser "Everything is fine." (Yes, I know Baghdad Bob was Iraqi)

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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay  is Navy Veteran Darrel L. Enos, a corpsman who deployed in support of both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom:

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After 16 years of war in Iraq, trillions of dollars, the deaths of 4,500 U.S. troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, the Iraqi government is now trying to throw us out of their country. All that suffering, all that death, all that huge expenditure of money, for what?

‘Don’t Arab and Iraqi women weep when their children die? Doesn’t bombing strengthen their determination?’ — This iconic 1998 anti-war speech from former British MP Tony Benn is more relevant than ever

Iraqi'>Exasperated Iraqi PM can’t understand how USA can send a letter “clearly talking about withdrawal” and then say its a mistake. Prime minister’s overall message is: how disorganized is the US administration?

On whether Obama admin paid for missiles that hit Iraqi bases per @realDonaldTrump , @AmbassadorRice : "This is another series of despicable lies by President Trump. Fact that 3 years after taking office he remains obsessed w/ Pres Obama shows (his) extreme weakness & insecurity."

Iraqi security official tells @NBCNews  there has been anther US airstrike, this one north of Baghdad targeting Shiite militia leaders. Reports of 6 killed. This right BEFORE a big Shiite protest tomorrow in Baghdad. It seems certain to provoke an escalation.

I guess the de-escalation of last night's air strike wasn't enough to fully de-escalate and stop war, so today the US has ordered another airstrike at a top Iraqi militia commander to further de-escalate and stop even more war.

The end of Qasem Soleimani is welcome and long-overdue justice for the thousands of Americans killed or wounded by his Iranian-controlled forces across the Middle East, and for the hundreds of thousands of Syrians and Iraqi Sunnis ethnically cleansed by his militias.

Watching the situation in Baghdad closely. Our patriotic diplomats, servicemembers and the U.S. Embassy deserve protection from the Iraqi host government and smart, strong national security strategy from U.S. leaders. Escalation and violence must end.

#BREAKING : Dozens of Iraqi demonstrators have stormed the Iranian consulate i #Karbala  , lowering the flag and burning part of the outer wal #IraqProtests 

Why is a disorganized and chaotic Administration such a danger to national security? This actually happened: They sent a letter — by mistake — to the Iraqi government to inform them our counter-ISIS forces are withdrawing. The dysfunction starts at the top.

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