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  • Thousands of Iraq Chemical Weapons Destroyed in Open Air, Watchdog Says
    A report by a watchdog group reveals the United States recovered thousands of chemical weapons in Iraq from 2004 to 2009 and destroyed almost all of them in secret and via open-air detonation.
    By C.j. Chivers.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:54:29 GMT.
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  • Iraq troops battle IS in Ramadi
    Iraq's army launches an operation to retake parts of Ramadi in Anbar province, a major city largely controlled by Islamic State militants.
    BBC News.  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:18:21 GMT.
  • Biden Pushes Turkey for Help in Fight Against Islamic State
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Turkey on a three-day visit aimed at persuading Turkish leaders to play a bigger role in the international coalition fight against Islamic State militants who have captured swaths of Iraq and Syria. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:32:03 -0500.
  • US wants Turkey’s boots on the ground
    Turkey has been hosting three key Americans in the last three days. One is Vice President Joe Biden. The second is John Allen, the U.S. Special Envoy for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) strategy.
    Hurriyet.  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:01:00 +0200.
  • U.S., Allied Planes Hit Islamic State Militants
    The United States and its allies have staged 30 air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq over the past 72 hours.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:11:44 +0000.
  • Retired U.S. general on how to handle IS and why we lost in Iraq, Afghanistan
    Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, who flat-out states that the U.S. lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, argues we need to learn from past mistakes so we don’t make the same ones in the fight against the Islamic State.
    Yahoo.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:32:41 -0500.
  • Op-Talk: For Phil Klay, a National Book Award Winner, War Is ‘Too Strange’ to Process Alone
    Phil Klay, an Iraq war veteran, New York Times contributor and winner of the 2014 National Book Award for fiction, calls for a greater mutual accounting between veterans and civilians about our nation’s recent wars.
    By Peter Catapano.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:30:35 GMT.
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  • Iraq Claims Advances Against IS in Anbar
    Iraq is saying they are gains against Islamic State jihadists in Anbar province, with Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi saying the government has "retaken the initiative” militarily. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:48:45 -0500.
  • The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa
    Chaos, disillusionment and oppression provide the perfect conditions for Islamic State. Currently, the Islamist extremists are expanding from Syria and Iraq into North Africa. Several local groups have pledged their allegiance.
    Spiegel Online.  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:20:20 +0100.
  • Iraq troops reach Baiji oil refinery
    Iraqi security forces reach the besieged Baiji oil refinery after five months of fighting Islamic State militants in the area.
    BBC News.  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:50:45 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.

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