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  • Three Turkish soldiers wounded in ISIL drone attack in Syria
    Three Turkish soldiers were slightly wounded in a drone attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group on Sept. 27, on the 35th day of Euphrates Shield operation in Syria
    Hurriyet.  Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:36:00 +0200.
  • IS claims blasts that killed at least 17 in Baghdad
    Suicide bombers kill at least 17 people and wound more than 50 in Shia areas of Iraq's capital Baghdad, in two attacks claimed by the so-called Islamic State.
    BBC News.  Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:35:05 GMT.
  • THE MODERATOR: Lester Holt, Given a Choice Assignment, Opted for Restraint
    Mr. Holt often held back during the debate, allowing the two candidates to bicker, but he did reject Donald J. Trump’s claim that he opposed the Iraq war.
    Michael M. Grynbaum.  New York Times.  Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:06:07 GMT.
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  • Two Bombings Rock Baghdad
    Two terrorist attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, have left at least 17 people dead and more than 50 injured.
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:52:45 +0000.
  • 17 People Killed in Baghdad Suicide Bombings
    Suicide bombings killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in Shi'ite districts of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, police and medical sources say. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:35:05 -0400.
  • Bombings kill at least seven in Baghdad: officials
    Bombings killed at least seven people and wounded at least 25 in a Shiite area of eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, security and medical officials said. ...
    Yahoo.  Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:25:57 -0400.
  • 7 Killed in Suicide Blast in Baghdad
    Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has blown himself up in Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding 19. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast Sunday in the Iskan neighborhood, a mostly Shi'ite district. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:45:15 -0400.
  • US confirms IS used chemical rocket in attack on troops in Iraq
    A rocket launched by Islamic State militants at American troops based in Iraq did contain a mustard agent, the US military confirms.
    BBC News.  Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:43:27 GMT.
  • Shell Fired by ISIS at U.S. and Iraqi Troops May Have Contained Chemical Agent
    Officials say an unexploded round from an attack by the Islamic State on a military outpost in northern Iraq initially tested positive for a mustard agent.
    Helene Cooper.  New York Times.  Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:49:06 GMT.
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  • How Stanley McChrystal Teaches Yale Students To Lead
    The general who once commanded troops in Afghanistan and brought about the death of al-Qaeda?s Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq became a professor of leadership who teaches one of the most sought-after classes at Yale.
    By Monica Wang.  Forbes.  Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:30:00 GMT.
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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