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  • Anti-ISIL coalition’s defense chiefs meet
    As Iraqi forces were inching closer to Mosul, the Western defense chiefs from the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) met in Paris to review the offensive on the jihadist bastion
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:25:00 +0200.
  • Turkey Does Not Rule Out Ground Operation In Iraq
    Turkey's foreign minister says Ankara could launch a ground operation in neighboring Iraq if it feels its security is threatened.
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:28:03 +0000.
  • 'IS fighters sat on bed as we hid underneath'
    Students in Iraq tell the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil about their close encounter with militants from so-called Islamic State.
    BBC News.  Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:41:13 GMT.
  • The battle for Mosul: what we know
    Iraq launched a broad offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group a week ago. ...
    Yahoo.  Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:35:32 -0400.
  • IS conflict: Call for inquiry into Iraq mosque attack
    Human Rights Watch calls for an investigation into an attack on a mosque in northern Iraq on Friday that killed at least 13 women and children.
    BBC News.  Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:07:43 GMT.
  • Iraq says no Turkish troops participated in Mosul battle
    The Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said on Monday that no Turkish troops participated in the battles against Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul.
    Xinhua.  2016-10-24.
  • Turkey’s Push to Join Battle for Mosul Inflames Tension With Iraq
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s insistence on a direct role, citing a “historical responsibility” that Iraq rejects, is undermining American goals in the region.
    Tim Arango and Michael R. Gordon.  New York Times.  Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:38:59 GMT.
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  • Carter in Iraq Gets Assessment of Mosul Fight
    Iraqi and Kurdish forces were in a new offensive Sunday on a town near Mosul, as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the region to get an assessment of the battle to push Islamic State out of Iraq's second largest city. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:37:47 -0400.
  • US, Kurdish Commanders Expect Drawn-out, Costly Battle for Mosul
    Islamic State leaders accept they will lose control of the city of Mosul but are planning to defend their last major urban stronghold in Iraq tenaciously, U.S. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:43:55 -0400.
  • Pentagon Expects Mosul Push to Unlock Trove of ISIS Intelligence
    Dozens of extra analysts have been dispatched to Iraq to pore over data that could offer insight into the group’s operations and future terror plots.
    Eric Schmitt.  New York Times.  Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:33:38 GMT.
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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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