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  • Iraqi Minister Says Most Of Tikrit Retaken From IS Militants
    The Iraqi government says security forces are battling the last remaining pockets of Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
    Radio Liberty.  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:27:44 +0000.
  • Iraq forces retake government HQ in Tikrit from ISIL
    Iraqi forces have retaken the Salaheddin provincial government headquarters in Tikrit from ISIL
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:53:00 +0200.
  • US-led coalition says IS still holds parts of Iraq's Tikrit
    The Islamic State group still controls parts of the Iraqi city of Tikrit, which Baghdad announced had been retaken, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists said Tuesday. ...
    Yahoo.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:23:41 -0400.
  • Iraq Premier: Troops in Center of Islamic State-Held Tikrit
    Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants Tuesday holed up in downtown Tikrit as the country's prime minister announced security forces reached the city's center. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:08:27 -0400.
  • World Briefing: Iran: Old Land Mines Kill Six
    Iranian state television said two land mines left over from the 1980s Iran-Iraq war killed six people on Monday, five of them Iranian border guards and the other a female shepherd.
    The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:05:15 GMT.
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  • U.N. Leader Warns Iraq Not to Mistreat Civilians After Liberation From ISIS
    Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s comments came amid evidence that Islamic State forces are more numerous in Tikrit than previously revealed by the Iraqi government.
    Rod Nordland.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:33:40 GMT.
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  • UN Chief Ban in Baghdad for Talks
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Baghdad Monday for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other top officials. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:41:27 -0400.
  • Airways Aviation Opens New Pilot Foundation School in Iraq
    DUBAI, UAE, March 30, 2015 -- Leading global aviation educator Airways Aviation is opening its latest Aviation Theory School in Baghdad later this month, paving the way for aspiring Iraqi pilots to launch their flying careers. ...
    PR Newswire.  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:00:00 EDT.
  • Caliphate Under Pressure: Is Islamic State in Trouble in Iraq?
    Islamic State is pulling out of once-conquered towns and villages in Iraq and dissatisfaction appears to be growing among its followers. Predictions of the jihadists' demise, however, are likely premature.
    Spiegel Online.  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:11:36 +0100.
  • Shia militias 'in Tikrit pullback'
    A US general says Iranian-backed Shia militias in Iraq are no longer leading the battle to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State.
    BBC News.  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:48:14 GMT.
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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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