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  • ISIL destroys Islamic civilization, Turkish President Erdo─čan says
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is trying to destroy everything in Islamic culture, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.
    Hurriyet.  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:25:00 +0200.
  • 'IS Said We Must Become Muslims Or They'd Slit Our Throats'
    Taolo Rasu, a 60-year-old disabled Yazidi man who was held captive by the Islamic State (IS) group for six months, spoke to RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq about his capture.
    Radio Liberty.  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:42:11 +0000.
  • Iraq in bid to encircle IS in Tikrit
    Iraqi soldiers and Shia militiamen are seeking to surround Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, on the third day of an operation to retake the city.
    BBC News.  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:13:41 GMT.
  • Destruction of Iraq Artifacts Shocks Archaeologists
    The city of Mosul was once one of the most culturally rich and religiously diverse cities in Iraq. That tradition is under attack by members of the Islamic State who have made Mosul their capital city. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:46:00 -0500.
  • World Briefing: Australia to Send More Troops to Iraq as Trainers in ISIS Fight
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that 300 more troops would be sent to train Iraqi forces, expanding Australia’s role in the fight against the Islamic State.
    By Michelle Innis.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:52:51 GMT.
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  • Australia to send additional 300 troops to Iraq
    Australia will send an additional 300 troops to Iraq to train specialist Iraqi soldiers in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Tuesday.
    Xinhua.  2015-03-03.
  • Tikrit Offensive: Where is the US?
    The Iraqi operation to take back Tikrit from Islamic State militants is the largest-scale offensive Baghdad has launched against the group. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:40:42 -0500.
  • Iraq 'seizes districts from IS'
    Iraqi forces say they have retaken some districts around Tikrit in their fight to recapture the strategic city from Islamic State.
    BBC News.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:54:08 GMT.
  • Iraq Begins Offensive to Recapture Tikrit From ISIS
    The effort to take back Saddam Hussein’s hometown could deepen the sectarian divide or become a pivotal fight in the campaign to reclaim the north and west of the country.
    By Omar Al-jawoshy and Tim Arango.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:43:30 GMT.
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  • Iraqi soldiers fight ISIS for control of Saddam's hometown
    Backed by allied Shia and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group, state TV said.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Mon, 2 Mar 2015 05:51:30 EST.
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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