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  • Turkey not to face trade problems with Iraq, Egypt: Minister
    The Egyptian government’s expected move to not to renew its trade deal with Turkey will not hurt Turkey’s exports, and the decreasing trend in Turkey’s exports to Iraq will end soon, said Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:03:00 +0200.
  • Iraq's Top Shi'ite Cleric Calls On Baghdad To Help Sunni Tribes
    Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric has called on the government to “offer quick support” to Sunni Arab tribes battling Islamic State (IS) militants.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:49:17 +0000.
  • Foreign jihadists flock to Iraq, Syria on 'unprecedented scale': UN
    Jihadists from more than 80 countries have flocked to fight in Iraq and Syria on an "unprecedented scale", according to extracts of a UN report published by Britain's Guardian newspaper on Friday. ...
    Yahoo.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:51:09 -0400.
  • How much can UK campaign hurt IS?
    The UK has signed up to limited strategic military action in Iraq against Islamic State - and there are questions over its ability to do much more, says Jonathan Marcus.
    BBC News.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:12:03 GMT.
  • Readout of the Vice President's Call with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron
    Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the political talks in Northern Ireland as well as global challenges such as Ebola and the fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:42:00 +0000.
  • ArtsBeat: Unesco Condemns Destruction of 11th-Century Shrine in Iraq
    Researchers who are tracking the widespread destruction of heritage sites in Syria and Iraq blamed the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
    By Graham Bowley.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:12:57 GMT.
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  • IS 'kills Sunni tribesmen' in Iraq
    Islamic State militants have shot dead 30 Sunni Arab tribesmen in a town west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials say.
    BBC News.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:15:18 GMT.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: ISIS and Vietnam
    There are parallels between the war in Vietnam and the conflict now in Iraq and Syria that haven’t been fully explored.
    By Thomas L. Friedman.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:01:04 GMT.
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  • Iraqi Peshmerga troops arrive in Turkey to help fight ISIS in Syria
    A group of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga troops arrived in Turkey early Wednesday on their way to Syria to help their Syrian Kurdish brethren fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists in the embattled border town of Kobani.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:37:28 EDT.
  • German Intelligence Agency Sees Long-term IS Threat
    Islamic State militants will be able to mount operations in Iraq “for the foreseeable future” despite U.S.-led airstrikes and efforts by Iraqi security forces to regain territory, Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency said. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:57:33 -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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