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Commentary: Sen. Tammy Duckworth: Now is not the time to leave Iraq

First, it was the familiar weight of my body armor. Then, as I approached the helicopter the feeling grew.

The growl of the engine, the smell of hydraulic fluid and JP-8 fuel, the communication traffic in my headset - it was as if I were no longer in 2019 but was back with my crew in 2004, in the thick of the war.

It had been 14 years, five months and 10 days since I'd last been in Iraq, since the afternoon when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in the Black Hawk helicopter I was

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