In this Oct. 1, 2015 file-pool photo, Stuart Jones speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File, Pool)
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