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In this Dec. 18, 2015 photo security forces deploy in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Local officials blame the lack of security forces, many of them have been dispatched to front lines, for the soaring thefts, armed robberies, kidnapping for ransom, bloody tribal disputes and drug trafficking. Residents complain that political infighting over government posts and growing influence of Shiite militias have exacerbated the situation and weakened the role of the remaining security forces in the province. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)