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US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, right, looks on while Thomas Nides, deputy secretary of state for management resources, left, speaks during an opening ceremony of the United States Consulate in Irbil, a city in the Kurdish controlled north 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 10, 2011. United States has opened a permanent consulate in Iraq's northern Kurdish region in what officials say will help boost business investment in the nation. (AP Photo/Ceerwan Aziz)

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US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, right, looks on while Thomas Nides, deputy secretary of state for management resources, left, speaks during an opening ceremony of the United States Consulate in Irbil, a city in the Kurdish controlled north 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 10, 2011. United States has opened a permanent consulate in Iraq's northern Kurdish region in what officials say will help boost business investment in the nation. (AP Photo/Ceerwan Aziz)
US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, right, looks on while Thomas Nides, deputy secretary of state for management resources, left, speaks during an opening ceremony of the United States Consulate in Irbil, a city in the Kurdish controlled north 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 10, 2011. United States has opened a permanent consulate in Iraq's northern Kurdish region in what officials say will help boost business investment in the nation. (AP Photo/Ceerwan Aziz)
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