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  • UN call to 'prevent Iraq massacre'
    A UN envoy calls for action to prevent what he says may be the possible massacre of Iraqis in the town of Amerli, besieged by Islamic State.
    BBC News.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:06:56 GMT.
  • Kurds protest in Paris against Islamic State group
    Hundreds of ethnic Kurds are marching in Paris to demand more international support for civilians in Iraq facing assaults by Islamic State militants.
    Miami Herald.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:16 EDT.
  • Wave Of Bombings Hits Iraq
    A suicide bomber has killed at least eight people in an attack on the Interior Ministry in central Baghdad just hours after a suicide bomber attack near Tikrit killed nine soldiers.
    Radio Liberty.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:57:06 +0000.
  • Iraq works to ease tensions after mosque attack kills 70
    Iraqi officials worked Saturday to calm soaring tensions after 70 people were gunned down at a Sunni mosque, as bombings in Baghdad and the north killed over two dozen more. ...
    Yahoo.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:48:11 -0400.
  • Suicide Attack at Iraq's Intelligence Headquarters
    Iraqi security officials say a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into an Interior Ministry building in Baghdad Saturday, killing at least eight people and wounding several others. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:49:17 -0400.
  • U.S. Isn’t Sure Just How Much to Fear ISIS
    With the rapid advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the rhetoric the Obama administration is using to describe the danger the group poses to the United States has escalated.
    By Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:28:02 GMT.
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  • VIDEO: Beseiged Iraqi children lacking food
    A resident of Amerli, 170km north of Baghdad, describes conditions in the town, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for more than two months.
    BBC News.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:48:11 GMT.
  • Beyond condemnation: How has Canada joined the fight in Iraq?
    Canadian leaders call the violent attacks in Iraq "unspeakable barbarism" and even "genocide." But beyond the strong words, how can Canada make a difference in the crisis?
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:03:36 EDT.
  • Iraqi Shi'ite Militia Open Fire on Sunni Mosque
    Shi'ite militia on Friday bombed, then opened fire on, a Sunni mosque northeast of Baghdad, killing dozens of people as they attended their weekly prayers. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:29:56 -0400.
  • Operation to rescue beheaded journalist failed: US
    The United States has revealed a military attempt to rescue slain journalist James Foley from terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
    Mail & Guardian.  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:33:00 +0200.
Iraq map, showing Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, and other Iraqi cities

Facts About Iraq

The Republic of Iraq, located in southwest Asia, is governed by a federal government comprised of executive, legislative, and judicial branches plus various independent commissions.  Its capital city is Baghdad, and its currency is the Iraqi Dinar.

The primary languages used in Iraq are Arabic and Kurdish, and in 2007, Iraq's estimated population was 27,500,000.  Approximately 77% of Iraqis are Arab, 18% are Kurdish, and 5% are other ethnicities.

Click on the small Iraq map shown at right to display a full-size map of Iraq.


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