Though Haider al-Abadi has yet to publicly comment on Basri's call, there is some action on the issue. AFP reports:
They may arrive in time to protect the dam (they may not) but they probably won't arrive in time for Ash Carter.
Yesterday, the US Secretary of Defense was in Turkey.
Today, Lolita C. Baldor (AP) explains, he's in Iraq where weather may impact his travel and who he is able to meet face-to-face with.
Also in the news is a kidnapping.
Details everyone seems to agree on is that a group of Qataris were hunting in Iraq when they were kidnapped.
Other than that?
Note the conflict in these two Tweets by the same person:
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