POLITICO Playbook: Did Iraq just become a campaign issue again?

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo squarely blamed Iran for the death of an American contractor in a rare briefing at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo


OVER THE WEEKEND, the U.S. military launched airstrikes in Iraq in response to rocket attacks that killed a U.S. contractor and wounded four American soldiers. The target: Ketaib Hezbollah, an Iraqi militia tied to Iran. Today, the group’s commander is warning of a “very tough” response. Given the breadth of Iran’s proxy forces in Iraq, it’s a threat the U.S. is taking seriously.

The strikes didn’t make the front pages of most papers this morning, but the Trump administration saw the gravity of the moment and gave a rare triple briefing on Sunday to

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