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1 year on, Iraq going its own way

Since US troops exited, country seeks autonomy

BAGHDAD — A year after the last American troops rumbled out of Iraq, the two countries are still trying to get comfortable with a looser, more nuanced relationship as the young democracy struggles to cope with political upheaval and the legacy of war.

In the meantime, Iraq is busily pursuing its own interests — sometimes against America’s wishes — as it seeks to balance its position in a precarious part of the world and reestablish itself as a regional power.

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