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  • Iraq retakes areas around Ramadi, opens road to Baghdad
    Iraq said on Feb. 9 that its forces have completely retaken areas surrounding Ramadi from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and reopened the road linking the city to Baghdad
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:14:00 +0200.
  • Iraqi Army Captures Areas Around Ramadi, Opens Road To Baghdad
    Iraqi forces say they have recaptured territory around the western city of Ramadi from the Islamic State (IS) group.
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:50:30 +0000.
  • Editorial: Evidence of Prisoner Abuse, Still Hidden
    Allowing the Pentagon to indefinitely block the release of photos that document prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan is unjustifiable.
    The Editorial Board.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:21:01 GMT.
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  • Canada Ending Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria
    Canada will end its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria this month. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:34:20 -0500.
  • Canada to end airstrikes against IS within weeks
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said here Monday that his country will end coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22.
    Xinhua.  2016-02-09.
  • Canada to end IS strikes by 22 February
    Canada will stop bombing targets in Syria and Iraq belonging to the Islamic State group by 22 February, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.
    BBC News.  Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:59:29 GMT.
  • Canada to end air strikes in Iraq, Syria February 22
    Canada announced Monday it will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and bring home its six fighter jets on February 22. In doing so, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going against public opinion. ...
    Yahoo.  Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:45:52 -0500.
  • Trudeau set to reveal what Canada will do next in the fight against ISIS
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make an announcement today on the future of Canada's contributions to the mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:56:16 EST.
  • Pentagon releases prisoner abuse photos
    The Pentagon releases nearly 200 photographs linked to allegations of abuse by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan over a decade ago.
    BBC News.  Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:18:21 GMT.
  • Pentagon Releases Small Portion of Photos From Detainee Abuse Cases
    The Pentagon on Friday released 198 photographs from detainee abuse investigations in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, while blocking the release of 1,800 more.
    Charlie Savage.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:33:40 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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