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  • Aid delivery to Syria from Iraq ‘reviewed’
    The UN humanitarian chief has said there are 'significant challenges' in delivering humanitarian aid into Syria from Turkey, Jordan and Iraq
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:17:00 +0200.
  • Africa: Libya Is Fast Following Somalia's Road to Ruin
    [African Arguments]With Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq dominating the news, nobody is paying much attention to the violence in Tripoli that is swiftly tipping Libya over the edge. ...
    All Africa.  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:44:13 GMT.
  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Islamic State's driving force
    The shadowy leader behind stunning rise of the Islamic State.
    BBC News.  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:58:01 GMT.
  • UN Security Council renews mandate of mission in Iraq
    The UN Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) for another year.
    Xinhua.  2014-07-31.
  • Car bombs kill nine in Shiite Baghdad districts
    Car bombs killed at least nine people Wednesday on the main streets of two Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad, police and medical sources said. ...
    Yahoo.  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:48:52 -0400.
  • Iraq's Holy Sites Reduced To Rubble
    The Islamic State initially exhibited some restraint after entering northwestern Iraq in June, focusing on establishing control and gaining the trust of local Sunnis. ...
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:28:41 +0000.
  • Islamic State Video Wages Psychological War on Iraqi Soldiers
    Islamic State, the al-Qaida spin-off that seized wide swaths of Iraq almost unopposed last month, has released a video warning Iraqi soldiers who may still have some fight in them that they risk being rounded up en masse and executed. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:44:53 -0400.
  • Australia plans to arrest 2 Middle East fighters
    Australian police have obtained arrest warrants for two Australians who are fighting with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria after one posted photographs of the other posing with severed heads of Syrian soldiers.
    Miami Herald.  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:43 EDT.
  • World Briefing: Iraq: Grim Discoveries in Baghdad
    The police on Monday said that they had found 17 bullet-riddled bodies in different areas of Baghdad and that other attacks killed 10 people.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:13:49 GMT.
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  • Emirates to stop flying over Iraq
    Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports.
    BBC News.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:24:08 GMT.
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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