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  • Iraqi Kurds launch offensive east of Mosul
    Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces on May 29 launched an offensive aimed at retaking areas east of Mosul, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) main hub in the country, a statement said
    Hurriyet.  Sun, 29 May 2016 18:05:00 +0200.
  • Iraq forces poised for Fallujah assault
    Elite Iraqi troops were poised Sunday to assault one of the Islamic State group's most emblematic bastions, Fallujah, as the jihadists counterattacked in both Iraq and neighbouring Syria. ...
    Yahoo.  Sun, 29 May 2016 12:56:17 -0400.
  • Iraq pulls plug on social networks, citizens use Hola to fight back
    TEL AVIV, Israel, May 29, 2016 -- On Friday, the government of Iraq blocked access to Facebook and Twitter. ...
    PR Newswire.  Sun, 29 May 2016 10:40:00 EDT.
  • VIDEO: How did Iraq get so violent?
    Was US-led invasion to blame?
    BBC News.  Sun, 29 May 2016 00:00:45 GMT.
  • Iran-Led Push to Retake Falluja From ISIS Worries U.S.
    An operation to oust the Islamic State from a stronghold in Iraq raises concerns that it could feed the same sectarian tensions that have let militants flourish there.
    Tim Arango.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 28 May 2016 17:06:35 GMT.
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  • Blair: Ground war needed to defeat IS
    Tony Blair calls for a "proper ground war" against so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - and admits he "underestimated" post-war planning in Iraq.
    BBC News.  Tue, 24 May 2016 13:41:27 GMT.
  • UN, Amnesty Urge Iraq Inquiry Into Use of Force Against Protesters
    The United Nations and Amnesty International on Tuesday urged Iraq's government to open an inquiry into the use of deadly force against protesters who broke into the heavily fortified Green Zone of Baghdad last Friday. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 24 May 2016 13:39:12 -0400.
  • Iraq Says Forces Recaptured Towns Outside Fallujah From Islamic State
    Iraqi security forces captured several areas on the outskirts of Fallujah on the first day of an offensive aimed at wresting the strategic city from Islamic State militants, Iraqi military officials said on May 23.
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 24 May 2016 01:37:03 +0000.
  • Iraq Begins Operation to Retake Falluja From ISIS
    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of a military campaign to retake the city from the Islamic State.
    The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 23 May 2016 04:20:41 GMT.
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  • Iraq Forces Launch Offensive to Retake ISIS-held City of Fallujah
    Iraqi forces have launched a major offensive to retake the Islamic State bastion of Fallujah, ending a months-long siege of the city. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 23 May 2016 03:12:09 -0400.
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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