U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Robert Stephen Beecroft, left, listens while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to staff at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
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John Kerry landed in Iraq Monday to dispense advice to Iraqi leaders in the wake of military gains by insurgents and Islamist extremists.While the U.S. secretary of state focused on how to move forward, he and other U.S. officials have avoided several questions that are of interest to average Iraqi citizens, and average U.S. taxpayers, such as:In the end, Kerry promised a dose of "intense, sustained" support for the Iraqi authorities, and judging by Washington's track record over the last decade, the question is whether this assistance will end up hurting the country more than helping it.
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