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  • VIDEO: Fears of IS threat to Ancient Babylon
    There are fears that the ancient site of Babylon in present-day Iraq is threatened with destruction by the militant group calling itself Islamic State.
    BBC News.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:22:47 GMT.
  • Islamic State push on Syria's Kobane stalls, Iraq fightback months off
    An attack by the Islamic State group on the Syrian town of Kobane has stalled but, in neighbouring Iraq, government troops are months from mounting a major fightback, US officials said. ...
    Yahoo.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:45:14 -0400.
  • Iraq 'Months' From Major Anti-IS Ground Offensive
    The U.S. military said Thursday that Iraq's military is "months" away from a major offensive to retake territory lost to the Islamic State group. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:11:35 -0400.
  • U.S. Is Investigating Report That Islamic State Used Chlorine Gas
    American officials said they were examining a report that 11 police officers were sickened after a bomb dispersed chlorine gas last month near Balad, north of Baghdad.
    By Kirk Semple and Eric Schmitt.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:58:58 GMT.
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  • In Iraq, Relief After News of Blackwater Convictions
    For many of the survivors of the 2007 shooting in Baghdad, the verdicts offered some solace after a traumatic event that became synonymous with the worst of the American occupation.
    By Kirk Semple.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:22:46 GMT.
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  • Iranian, Arab Media: 'Russia-Iran Anti-IS Operations Room' In Iraq
    A report that Iran and Russia were to run a joint operations room in Iraq to combat the Islamic State (IS) group is spreading across Iran's media.
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:57:17 +0000.
  • Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq 'massacre'
    Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday for their roles in a notorious 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:42:00 +0200.
  • 14 killed in bomb attacks in Baghdad
    22(Xinhua)--At least 14 people were killed and 65 others wounded in two car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad Wednesday evening,a police source said d. Iraq has been witnessing some of the worst violence in years.
    Xinhua.  2014-10-23.
  • VIDEO: 'Britain will support IS strategy'
    The US envoy tasked by President Obama with leading the fight against the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria tells BBC Newsnight says Britain will "support us".
    BBC News.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:04:46 GMT.
  • 4 Former Blackwater Security Guards Guilty of Iraq Killings
    A U.S. jury has found four former Blackwater security guards guilty in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:06:14 -0400.
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.

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