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  • Iraq is about to flood the oil market
    Iraq is taking OPEC's strategy to defend its share of the global oil market to a new level. The nation plans to boost crude exports by about 26% to a record 3.75 million barrels a day
    Yahoo.  Tue, 26 May 2015 18:15:07 GMT.
  • Iraq starts anti-IS Anbar offensive
    Pro-government forces in Iraq launch an operation to drive Islamic State (IS) out of the western province of Anbar, days after the fall of Ramadi.
    BBC News.  Tue, 26 May 2015 16:26:59 GMT.
  • Australia and Turkey to counter wannabe jihadists together
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot raised concerns about Australians traveling to Turkey to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during his recent visit to Turkey.
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 26 May 2015 16:02:00 +0200.
  • Iraqi Refugees Clamor For Water Near Baghdad
    A crowd of Iraqis clamored for water near the Bzebiz bridge, on the way to Baghdad, on May 26. Water and other aid was thrown to them from the back of a truck by charity workers. ...
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 26 May 2015 15:27:00 +0000.
  • US-led Coalition Gives Some Weapons to Iraqi Troops
    In a video released Tuesday from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Iraqi forces and U.S.-led coalition troops survey a cache of weapons supplied to help Iraq liberate Mosul from Islamic State group. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 26 May 2015 09:36:00 -0400.
  • Iraq Launches Operation to Reclaim Anbar Province
    The Iraqi government said it has launched an operation to retake the western province of Anbar from Islamic State militants. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 26 May 2015 05:10:01 -0400.
  • Jon Stewart, Iraq War Critic, Runs a Program That Helps Veterans Enter TV
    A five-week boot-camp-style introduction to the television industry, exclusively for military veterans, began with the host of “The Daily Show.”
    Dave Philipps.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 25 May 2015 14:33:59 GMT.
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  • Iraq will take back Ramadi 'in days'
    Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says that the city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State militants "in days".
    BBC News.  Mon, 25 May 2015 09:01:25 GMT.
  • Iraq lacks 'will to fight' ISIS, U.S. says after fall of Ramadi
    The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi shows that Iraqi forces do not have the "will to fight," the U.S. ...
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 24 May 2015 10:41:56 EDT.
  • Defending ISIS Policy, Obama Acknowledges Flaws in Effort So Far
    The president said that the fight against Islamic State forces was not being lost, but that more should be done to help Iraq recapture lost territory.
    Peter Baker.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 21 May 2015 19:35:24 GMT.
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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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