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A Different Battle in Iraq

MIN READDec 12, 2016 | 10:26 GMT

The Iraqi government's primary priority in 2017 is defeating the Islamic State. But once it has, it will have to deal with several other unresolved problems within its borders.

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As the campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State grinds on, a political battle is winding down about 400 kilometers (roughly 250 miles) south in Baghdad. After repeated delays and much contentious debate, Iraq's parliament passed its 2017 budget on Dec. 7. Although the worst of that struggle is now over, the issues that drove it remain. Facing another year of scant oil revenues, the Iraqi government will encounter an array of familiar challenges in 2017, but its focus will stay firmly fixed on the fight against the Islamic State....

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