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  • IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing
    Amnesty International says it has proof Islamic State militants have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.
    BBC News.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:36:54 GMT.
  • Relatives Of Missing Iraqi Soldiers Storm Parliament in Baghdad
    Iraq’s parliament has been stormed by scores of relatives of missing Iraqi soldiers who were captured in June by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:55:28 +0000.
  • Amnesty accuses IS of 'systematic ethnic cleansing' in Iraq
    Iraqi forces regained control on Tuesday of part of a key highway linking Baghdad to the north where Amnesty International said jihadists had carried out a wave of ethnic cleansing. ...
    Yahoo.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:10:03 -0400.
  • U.S. and Iran Unlikely Allies in Iraq Battle
    The fight for Amerli appeared to mark the first time American warplanes and militias backed by Iran were working with a common purpose on the battlefield against militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    By Tim Arango and Azam Ahmed.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:44:15 GMT.
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  • Amnesty: Islamic State Ethnic Cleansing on a 'Historic Scale'
    Rights group Amnesty International says Islamic State militants in northern Iraq have carried out "ethnic cleansing on a historic scale" in a bid to wipe out non-Arabs and non-Sunni Muslims. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:28:25 -0400.
  • ISIL’s Turkish hostages safe: Deputy PM Arınç
    The government is in contact with the Turkish Consulate members in Mosul who were kidnapped by ISIL militants in northern Iraq and their whereabouts are known, Bülent Arınç has said
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:01:00 +0200.
  • VIDEO: Iraq grannies 'take on IS in Amerli’
    Residents and fighters in Amerli are celebrating the end of a two-month siege and the withdrawal of IS militants from around the town.
    BBC News.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:52:25 GMT.
  • U.N. to Send Team to Iraq for Inquiry on ISIS Acts
    The council adopted a resolution without a vote, calling for a team to be sent to Iraq to look into killings and other atrocities.
    By Nick Cumming-bruce and Somini Sengupta.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:04:04 GMT.
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  • 'Their movement must be curbed': UN to spend $1.2M in ISIS probe sought by Iraq
    The UN's top human rights body today approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and Iraq.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:16:25 EDT.
  • UN debate: In Iraq Fight, Both Sides Guilty of Atrocities
    Islamist fighters have carried out atrocities on “an unimaginable scale” in months of fighting with Iraqi forces who have also killed detainees and shelled civilian areas, a U.N. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:17:05 -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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