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Remember Kurdistan, that semiautonomous northern part of Iraq that the U.S. always points to as a model of stable, quasi-democratic governance? Well, corruption up there is so systemic that thousands of people vented their anger by burning down a government museum. The horrible irony: The museum commemorates the thousands of Kurds who died in Saddam Hussein's 1988 gas attack. It had become an emblem of government greed. Another front just opened up in the Iraqi civil war that the Pentagon claims doesn't exist.

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