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  • Radio Free Iraq Signs Off After 17 Years Of Service
    RFE/RL’s Arabic Service to Iraq, Radio Free Iraq (RFI) will air its final broadcast on July 31. ...
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:15:56 +0000.
  • Turkish military campaign aims to prevent Kurdish unity in Syria: HDP co-chair
    The main aim of Turkey's recent military operations in northern Syria and Iraq is to prevent Kurdish territorial unity and not to combat ISIL, DemirtaƟ said
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:08:00 +0200.
  • IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline
    The International Monetary Fund approved a $1.24 billion emergency loan for Iraq Thursday, saying the country needs extra support in the face of the Islamic State insurgency and depressed oil prices. ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:08:40 -0400.
  • UN Panel Questions Iraq Over Use of Torture
    Iraqi officials were challenged Wednesday to name a single person the country had jailed for torture by a U.N. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:19:50 -0400.
  • Turkey Launches Heaviest Air Strikes Yet on Kurdish Militants
    The assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq was the heaviest since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible.
    Reuters.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:58:33 GMT.
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  • Man charged over Iraq fight plans
    An Australian man appears in court in Melbourne charged with trying to travel to Iraq to fight against the so-called Islamic State.
    BBC News.  Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:33:32 GMT.
  • VIDEO: Iraqi farmers in desperate situation
    Farmers south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad are struggling to grow crops in a region that's been without water for over a year.
    BBC News.  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:28:19 GMT.
  • US Urges Partners to ‘Work Together’ Against IS
    The White House has welcomed Turkey’s “increased focus and accelerated efforts” against the Islamic State (IS/ISIL/ISIS) group in northern Syria and Iraq that have also targeted Kurdish separatist fighters. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 05:56:43 -0400.
  • Iranian FM arrives in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders
    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on an official visit to meet with the Iraqi leaders following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the official television reported on Monday.
    Xinhua.  2015-07-27.
  • Defense Secretary Ashton Carter Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq
    Mr. Carter arrived as American and Iraqi officials finished plans for an assault to retake Ramadi, a pivotal city west of Baghdad, from the Islamic State.
    Helene Cooper.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:47:52 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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