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  • Several IS leaders killed in air strikes: US official
    Washington (AFP) - Several leaders of the Islamic State group have been killed in US air strikes in northern Iraq in recent days, a US defense official said Thursday.
    Yahoo.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:55:27 -0500.
  • Heavy toll for Turkey in 2015
    All of them are complaining, but it is mostly Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Israel that have had the strongest reactions against Turkey on the grounds that Turkey “interferes too much with our domestic affairs.”
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:01:00 +0200.
  • Nine Captured Iraqis Were Mistreated in British Custody, Report Says
    But allegations of murder and torture were fabricated, according to an official inquiry into what happened to those captured in a battle in Iraq in 2004.
    By Stephen Castle.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:13:30 GMT.
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  • VIDEO: Iraq abuse claims 'deliberate lies'
    An inquiry into alleged mistreatment of Iraqi detainees by British troops says the claims were "wholly without foundation"
    BBC News.  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:41:54 GMT.
  • UK soldiers 'mistreated detainees'
    British soldiers mistreated nine detainees after a 2004 battle in Iraq but allegations of murder were "deliberate lies", the Al-Sweady Inquiry rules.
    BBC News.  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:15:12 GMT.
  • Video Feature: The Story of ISIS
    The Islamic State had been organizing for years before sweeping into Iraq in 2014.
    International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:45:03 GMT.
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  • Spain Arrests 7 Accused of Recruiting Women for IS Group
    Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested seven people in a ongoing joint swoop on suspected efforts to recruit women to go to Syria and Iraq to support Islamic State insurgents, the Spanish Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:23:51 -0500.
  • Balkan countries take part in global coalition against ISIL
    Regional countries support increasing co-operation and anti-terror measures against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
    Southeast European Times.  2014-12-15.
  • British Defense Secretary Says Deployments To Iraq May Rise
    British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has been quoted by a British newspaper as saying that his country is likely to increase the number of its forces in Iraq to "the very low hundreds."
    Radio Liberty.  Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:24:05 +0000.
  • Islamic State Attacks Kill at Least 15 Near Baghdad
    A series of attacks in and near Baghdad by the Islamic State group killed at least 15 people on Wednesday, Iraq medical and military officials said. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:05:46 -0500.
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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