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  • 'American Sniper' Isn't Pro-War Propaganda
    Clint Eastwood's Iraq War film avoids politics, and shows the war from a soldier's point of view.
    By Erik Kain.  Forbes.  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:06:00 GMT.
  • MPs' anger at Iraq Inquiry delays
    MPs express their frustration at the time being taken to publish of the official inquiry into the Iraq War during a debate in the House of Commons.
    BBC News.  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:40:35 GMT.
  • Iraq probes Diyala massacre claims
    Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi orders an investigation into allegations Shia militiamen massacred Sunni residents of an eastern village.
    BBC News.  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:49:16 GMT.
  • Tanker with Kurdish crude leaving US after 6-month dispute
    After being stuck in legal limbo for six months, a tanker loaded with 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude headed east on Jan. 27 to leave U.S. waters after Baghdad and the Kurds reached a deal to share oil revenue
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:38:00 +0200.
  • Survivors accuse Shiite militia of Iraq village massacre
    The Iraqi government vowed Thursday to investigate accusations backed by eyewitness accounts that Shiite militias massacred more than 70 Sunni villagers during an operation against jihadists in Diyala province. ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:19:37 -0500.
  • The Rundown -- January 28
    The new Greece cabinet and ties to Russia; flow of fighters to Iraq and Syria surging; Iran sanctions delayed
    Radio Liberty.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:00:31 +0000.
  • 'Kenji has only a little time left': Japanese hostage's mother pleads for his return
    The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists appealed publicly to Japan's leader to save her son Wednesday after his captors purportedly issued what they said was a final death threat.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:49:49 EST.
  • Flydubai Jet Hit by Gunfire as It Lands in Baghdad
    The attack, which left a young passenger slightly wounded, added to fears that Iraq’s airports are increasingly vulnerable to militant attacks.
    By Kareem Fahim.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:57:05 GMT.
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  • Airlines Suspend Baghdad Flights After Jet Shooting
    Several airlines have suspended flights to Baghdad's international airport after a passenger jet from Dubai came under gunfire Tuesday. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:22:38 -0500.
  • South Korea Beats Iraq to Reach Asian Cup Final
    South Korea scored a goal in each half to set up a match against Australia or the United Arab Emirates.
    By Reuters.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:17:46 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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