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  • Turkey's religious head calls new Islamic 'caliphate' illegitimate
    The declaration of a 'caliphate' by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, the head of Turkey’s religious authority has said
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:01:00 +0200.
  • Southwest's Earnings Preview: Stable Demand & Gains From Fleet Modernization Could Lift Results
    In the second quarter, we figure Southwest will likely not benefit from lower fuel costs as global crude oil prices increased sharply in June following the Iraq crisis. ...
    By Trefis Team.  Forbes.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:48:00 GMT.
  • At War Blog: Returning to Service, and Iraq, With Blackwater
    Iraq veteran Matt Pelak returned to the country via a job with Blackwater. ...
    By Matt Pelak.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:21:11 GMT.
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  • Iraq PM seeks Sunni tribal help in battling insurgency
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met several Sunni tribal leaders on Tuesday in a renewed bid to gain their support in battling a raging jihadist-led Sunni insurgency. ...
    Yahoo.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:33:19 -0400.
  • Iraq conflict breeds cyber-civil war
    A cyber-war is being waged alongside the conflict involving Isis in Iraq, suggests research by security firms.
    BBC News.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:32:29 GMT.
  • Iraq monastery 'seized by militants'
    Islamist militants who control the Iraqi city of Mosul are reported to have seized a nearby ancient monastery and ordered the monks to leave.
    BBC News.  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:25:38 GMT.
  • Overnight Attacks In Iraq Leave At Least 16 Dead
    Attacks in two Iraqi cities overnight killed at least 16 people as the fighting between Sunni extremists from the Islamic State group continued unabated.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:02:27 +0000.
  • Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people
    Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control.
    Miami Herald.  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:11 EDT.
  • Islamic State Claims Wave of Baghdad Bombings
    The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a wave of car bombs in mostly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad which killed at least 27 people on Saturday. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:18:20 -0400.
  • Kurdistan Provides Shelter to Thousands of Iraq Refugees
    Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have fled attacking Islamic militants in recent weeks. The semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in the north has become a haven for many of these people -- and others have fled Syria's civil war. The U.N. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:27:57 -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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