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  • ISIL attacks have a negative effect on energy projects: Turkish energy minister
    Attacks committed by ISIL have had a negative effect on energy projects around Kirkuk and Mosul, but oil shipments from Iraq have experienced no problems so far, Minister Yıldız says
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:11:00 +0200.
  • Suicide, Car Bombings in Iraq Kill at Least 43
    Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Monday gave his support to the new government battling the Islamic State group as militants unleashed a wave of deadly attacks on the country's majority Shiite community, killing at least 43 people.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:40:59 GMT.
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  • Iran's Suleimani: IS, U.S. 'Doomed To Failure' in Syria
    The commander of Iran's powerful Qods Force, Qassem Suleimani, has said that both the Islamic State (IS) group and the United States are "doomed to failure" in Iraq and Syria.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:53:03 +0000.
  • Iraq PM rules out foreign boots on the ground
    Najaf (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Monday ruled out any foreign ground intervention to assist government forces in retaking territory lost to jihadists and urged Sunnis to give up such hopes.
    Yahoo.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:44:12 -0400.
  • EMEA: Jordan’s competitive mobile market yields carrier innovation
    Despite economic troubles and the impact of conflicts in neighboring Iraq and Syria, Jordan has one of the most competitive mobile markets in the Middle East. And this competition has led to a great deal of innovation. ...
    Sara Zaske.  RCR Wireless.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:50 +0000.
  • Australian Special Forces to Advise Iraqis on Islamic State Fight
    Australia will soon send 200 special forces troops to Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic State militants. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:09:42 -0400.
  • U.S. conducts airdrops to Kurdish forces battling ISIS in Syria
    The U.S. military says it airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:52:19 EDT.
  • Deadly attack on Baghdad mosque
    A suicide attacker kills at least 18 people at a Shia mosque in Iraq's capital Baghdad, the latest in a spate of insurgent attacks.
    BBC News.  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:43:22 GMT.
  • Iraq approves Australia anti-IS unit
    Australia closes a deal to allow 200 special forces into Iraq to train local troops to fight against Islamic State, after a month-long legal row.
    BBC News.  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:11:06 GMT.
  • After Delay, Iraq Appoints Two to Posts for Security
    Parliament approved two appointees to lead ministries responsible for the nation’s security forces, vacancies that had highlighted sectarian tensions and generated weeks of negotiations.
    By Kirk Semple.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:05:36 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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