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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken shuttles from the West Bank to Iraq

Secretary of State Antony Blinken brought his diplomatic push on the Israel-Hamas war to the occupied West Bank and then to Iraq. In Ramallah, he tried to assure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that the U.S. was intensifying efforts to ease the plight of Gaza’s civilians.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken boards his military transport aircraft to depart Baghdad International Airport after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday Nov. 5. Blinken flew to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Mohammed Shia al-Sudani as American forces in the region face a surge of attacks by Iranian-allied militias in Iraq and elsewhere.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with reporters about his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani before departing Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday Nov. 5. Blinken flew to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Mohammed Shia al-Sudani as American forces in the region face a surge of attacks by Iranian-allied militias in Iraq and elsewhere.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken greets U.S. Embassy staff for a briefing before meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday Nov. 5. Blinken flew to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Mohammed Shia al-Sudani as American forces in the region face a surge of attacks by Iranian-allied militias in Iraq and elsewhere.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken exchanges challenge coins with the U.S. Marine Corps embassy security guard detachment in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday Nov. 5. Blinken flew to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Mohammed Shia al-Sudani as American forces in the region face a surge of attacks by Iranian-allied militias in Iraq and elsewhere.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken departs the International Zone via helicopter after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday Nov. 5. Blinken flew to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Mohammed Shia al-Sudani as American forces in the region face a surge of attacks by Iranian-allied militias in Iraq and elsewhere.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken departs the International Zone via helicopter after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday Nov. 5. Blinken flew to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Mohammed Shia al-Sudani as American forces in the region face a surge of attacks by Iranian-allied militias in Iraq and elsewhere.
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Palestinians burn a picture of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a protest against his visit, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 5. Blinken brought his frenetic Mideast diplomatic push on the Israel-Hamas war to the occupied West Bank on Sunday, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
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Palestinians carry posters with defaced pictures of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a protest against his visit, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 5. Blinken brought his frenetic Mideast diplomatic push on the Israel-Hamas war to the occupied West Bank on Sunday, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
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Palestinians carry posters with pictures of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a protest against his visit, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 5. Blinken brought his frenetic Mideast diplomatic push on the Israel-Hamas war to the occupied West Bank on Sunday, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
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Palestinians burn a picture of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a protest against his visit, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 5. Blinken brought his frenetic Mideast diplomatic push on the Israel-Hamas war to the occupied West Bank on Sunday, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
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Palestinians carry posters with pictures of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a protest against his visit, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 5. Blinken brought his frenetic Mideast diplomatic push on the Israel-Hamas war to the occupied West Bank on Sunday, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, at the Muqata in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Sunday, Nov. 5.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, at the Muqata in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Sunday, Nov. 5.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, at the Muqata in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Sunday, Nov. 5.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, at the Muqata in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Sunday, Nov. 5.
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JONATHAN ERNST/POOL VIA AP

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, at the Muqata in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Sunday, Nov. 5.

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