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  • One killed after rockets from Syria hit Turkey's Kilis
    One person was killed and seven others were wounded after four rockets fired from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-controlled territory hit the southeastern border province of Kilis early on May 5, for the second time in one day
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 05 May 2016 18:13:00 +0200.
  • All-Female Kurdish Unit Battles Islamic State Militants
    An all-female fighting force has assembled in northern Iraq to take on Islamic State militants. ...
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 05 May 2016 15:37:00 +0000.
  • Iraq PM calls for respect of law after Green Zone breach
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Thursday for those who want reforms to "respect the law" after protesters broke into the fortified Green Zone and stormed parliament last week. ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 05 May 2016 13:20:02 -0400.
  • VIDEO: Sadr: 'I stand by the people's side'
    For the past four weeks, Iraq has been gripped by massive protests against the perceived corruption and lack of basic public services like reliable electricity and drinking water.
    BBC News.  Thu, 05 May 2016 11:03:34 GMT.
  • ISIS Operative From Australia Is Killed in Iraq Airstrike, Officials Say
    The recruiter, Neil Prakash, called the most dangerous Australian involved with the militant group, had been linked to some terrorist plots in Australia.
    Michelle Innis.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 05 May 2016 08:34:41 GMT.
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  • Another Combat Death in Iraq May Presage Future U.S. Role
    Tuesday’s battle in Teleskof could presage a future in Iraq where American troops move even closer to routine, daily battle in the fight against ISIS.
    Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 05 May 2016 01:05:26 GMT.
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  • Iraq country profile
    Provides an overview of Iraq, including key events and facts about the home of some of the earliest civilisations.
    BBC News.  Wed, 04 May 2016 09:45:50 GMT.
  • CF-18 pilots' commander still would like 'to be at the forefront' of attacking ISIS
    The leader of the Canadian pilots who flew missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria says he and his colleagues would still like to be out in the field, but he accepts the prime minister's decision to pull the CF-18s out of a combat role.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Tue, 3 May 2016 21:20:49 EDT.
  • Rights Group: Iraq Holding Over 1,000 Without Charge
    More than 1,000 Iraqis are being held without charge at makeshift counterterrorism centers throughout the country, an international rights group says. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 03 May 2016 13:41:04 -0400.
  • 16 Shiite pilgrims killed in suicide car bomb attack in Iraq's Baghdad
    Sixteen Shiite pilgrims were killed and 43 others wounded on Monday in a suicide car bomb explosion in the southern Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua.
    Xinhua.  2016-05-02.
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.

Click on the small Iraq map shown at right to display a full-size map of Iraq.

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