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  • Islamic State Targeted In 17 Air Strikes By U.S., Allies
    The U.S. military says it has led 17 air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq and Syria since November 24.
    Radio Liberty.  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:30:21 +0000.
  • Concerns raised over anti-terror bill
    Powers to exclude some British fighters returning from Syria and Iraq was an "announcement waiting for a policy", the independent reviewer of terrorism says.
    BBC News.  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:27:52 GMT.
  • The National Guard, America's citizen soldiers
    The National Guard is a centuries-old military network that has served crucial roles in several US security operations, testing its mettle in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as on riot-plagued streets back home. ...
    Yahoo.  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:36:26 -0500.
  • Kurds gain ground from ISIL in Syria's Kobane: monitor
    Kurdish fighters gained ground from jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in fierce battles in the Syrian town of Kobane overnight, a monitoring group said on Nov. 24.
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:23:00 +0200.
  • VIDEO: Iraq village caught between two sides
    The war in Iraq is pitting neighbour against neighbour, and for those who do not want to choose sides life can be even more dangerous.
    BBC News.  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:22:53 GMT.
  • Thousands of Iraq Chemical Weapons Destroyed in Open Air, Watchdog Says
    A report by a watchdog group reveals the United States recovered thousands of chemical weapons in Iraq from 2004 to 2009 and destroyed almost all of them in secret and via open-air detonation.
    By C.j. Chivers.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:54:29 GMT.
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  • Biden Pushes Turkey for Help in Fight Against Islamic State
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Turkey on a three-day visit aimed at persuading Turkish leaders to play a bigger role in the international coalition fight against Islamic State militants who have captured swaths of Iraq and Syria. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:32:03 -0500.
  • Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
    Vice President Joe Biden met today with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss the fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, the Cyprus settlement talks, and energy security. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:34:00 +0000.
  • Op-Talk: For Phil Klay, a National Book Award Winner, War Is ‘Too Strange’ to Process Alone
    Phil Klay, an Iraq war veteran, New York Times contributor and winner of the 2014 National Book Award for fiction, calls for a greater mutual accounting between veterans and civilians about our nation’s recent wars.
    By Peter Catapano.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:30:35 GMT.
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  • Iraq Claims Advances Against IS in Anbar
    Iraq is saying they are gains against Islamic State jihadists in Anbar province, with Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi saying the government has "retaken the initiative” militarily. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:48:45 -0500.
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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