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  • Bombings Kill 19 People In, Around Baghdad
    A series of attacks, mainly car bombs, in Iraq killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens on July 4.
    Radio Liberty.  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:07:40 +0000.
  • Fierce clashes rage in Iraq as army fighting to grab lost lands from IS
    Iraqi security forces on Saturday continued clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants in north and west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, security sources said.
    Xinhua.  2015-07-05.
  • Veterans Hotline Tries to Survive Without Pentagon Funds
    The Defense Department is consolidating some of the small counseling programs created to stem a rise in suicides during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Dave Philipps.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 22:15:25 GMT.
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  • ISIS Destroys More Artifacts in Syria and Iraq
    Islamic State militants said they had smashed statues from the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, and antiquities experts said a 13th-century tomb in Iraq was wrecked.
    Rick Gladstone and Maher Samaan.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:30:48 GMT.
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  • UNESCO Chief Warns of 'Cultural Cleansing' in War Zones
    The head of the United Nations cultural organization says the loss of ancient artifacts destroyed by militants in Iraq and Syria has long-term implications for security and peace in the region. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:37:00 -0400.
  • Ankara concerned about new refugee influx after ISIL gains
    The latest military advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near the Turkish border could trigger a new influx of refugees, which Turkey would be unable to handle, a high-level official said July 2
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:01:00 +0200.
  • Iraqi Government Training Thousands of Sunni Tribesmen
    Three senior U.S. defense officials with ties to the Iraqi government have told VOA that Iraq has recruited about 6,000 Sunni tribesmen fighters, a force many say will be critical in defeating Islamic State. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:21:52 -0400.
  • What difference could Syria IS strikes make?
    The RAF has been carrying out strikes in Iraq against Islamic State militants, but what would extending this to Syria mean, asks Jonathan Marcus.
    BBC News.  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:14:36 GMT.
  • Africa: Closing the Historical Circle - White Terrorism At Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
    [Fahamu] African Americans are slowly coming to the conclusion that it does not matter whether it is the streets of Baghdad or Ferguson: the non-white-other is the enemy who must be stopped.
    All Africa.  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:24:46 GMT.
  • Iraq PM 'retires' army chief of staff: spokesman
    Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi has "retired" the army's chief of staff, the most senior officer removed since jihadists overran large parts of the country last year, his spokesman said Monday. ...
    Yahoo.  Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:37:44 -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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