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Russia Keeps a Wary Eye on the Trans-Caspian Pipeline

Locals use narrow balams to navigate one of Basra's many canals in 1913. (Arne C. Waern/Wikimedia)

World War I Retrospective: The Battle of Basra

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani speaks during a press conference in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on Sept. 18, 2013. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq's Kurds, Baghdad Take a Shaky Step Toward Compromise