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  • Baghdad Car Bomb Kills At Least 14 People
    A car bomb in the Iraqi capital has killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 30.
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:10:07 +0000.
  • U.S. Invokes Defense of Iraq in Saying Strikes in Syria Are Legal
    The airstrikes were carried out without the permission of the Syrian government or the United Nations Security Council.
    By Charlie Savage.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:04:54 GMT.
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  • Iraq exports more oil from conflict-free southern ports
    Iraq’s oil trade has begun to pick up its pieces, continuing at southern terminals that are far from the conflict, which has gripped the country with militants’ advance that broke out three months ago
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:06:00 +0200.
  • Dozens of jihadists killed in air strikes in western Iraq
    Baghdad (AFP) - Air strikes in western Iraq, near the border with Syria, killed dozens of fighters from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group Tuesday, military and medical sources said Tuesday.
    Yahoo.  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:07:10 -0400.
  • Turkey hints at Iraq hostage swap
    Turkey's President Erdogan does not deny reports that 49 hostages, mostly Turks, were freed by Islamic State (IS) as part of a prisoner swap.
    BBC News.  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:07:16 GMT.
  • Man arrested over 'Iraq explosives'
    A man is arrested in north-west London on suspicion of involvement in production of improvised explosive devices in Iraq.
    BBC News.  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:40:57 GMT.
  • Baltic states join fight against Islamic state in Iraq, Syria - The Baltic Times
    The Baltic states have joined a U.S. led coalition in the fight against extremist group Islamic State (IS). The extremist group, known for taking large areas of Syria and northern Iraq as well ...
    Baltic Times.  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT.
  • Obama to Rally Coalition Against Islamic State at UN
    This week, the Obama administration will continue efforts to build a broad international coalition against Islamic State militants, also known as ISIL and ISIS, that have seized territory in Iraq and Syria. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:59:16 -0400.
  • Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United
    A deputy prime minister publicly blamed the agency for creating the extremist group, and interviews suggested that most of the few thousand people at a demonstration Saturday subscribed to the same theory.
    By David D. Kirkpatrick.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:11:18 GMT.
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  • Analysts: Egypt Unrest Limits Role in Fighting Islamic State
    During a recent stop in Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Egypt has a "key role" to play in the effort to "degrade and defeat" Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:17:12 -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.

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

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