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Prickly Iraq legislators fail to form government

Posted: July 2, 2014 at 4:41 a.m.

Russian fighters arrive Tuesday at al-Muthanna air base in Baghdad. While waiting for U.S. military aid, Iraq has turned to other governments, including Russia, Iran and Syria.

Iraq's first session of the new parliament ended Tuesday without agreement on the formation of a government, dampening hopes that the country's factious politicians would rise to the challenge presented by an insurgency that is tearing their nation apart.

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