Iraq

Country Iraq
Capital Baghdad
Continent Asia
Currency Iraqi dinar (IQD)
Languages Arabic & Kurdish

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Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was SADDAM Husayn. Territorial disputes with Iran led to an inconclusive and costly eight-year war (1980-88). In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led, UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991. Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. US forces remained in Iraq under a UNSC mandate through 2009 and under a bilateral security agreement thereafter, helping to provide security and to train and mentor Iraqi security forces. In October 2005, Iraqis approved a constitution in a national referendum and, pursuant to this document, elected a 275-member Council of Representatives (CoR) in December 2005. After the election, Ibrahim al-JAAFARI was selected as prime minister; he was replaced by Nuri al-MALIKI in May 2006. The CoR approved most cabinet ministers in May 2006, marking the transition to Iraq's first constitutional government in nearly a half century. On 31 January 2009, Iraq held elections for provincial councils in all provinces except for the three provinces comprising the Kurdistan Regional Government and at-Ta'mim (Kirkuk) province.

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US army lost track of $1bn of equipment in Iraq - Financial Times

Financial Times

US army lost track of $1bn of equipment in Iraq
Financial Times
The US army failed to keep track of more than $1bn worth of weapons and military equipment sent to Iraq in recent years, the rights group Amnesty International says, meaning that some of those arms could have ended up in the hands of Isis militants and ...
Iraq: US military admits failures to monitor over $1 billion worth of arms transfersAmnesty International

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Lawmakers demand documents, testimony from U.S. contractor in Iraq sex trafficking case - PBS NewsHour

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Lawmakers demand documents, testimony from U.S. contractor in Iraq sex trafficking case
PBS NewsHour
A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle sits in a shelter at Joint Base Balad, Iraq in this file photo. An investigation by The Associated Press this month found that Sallyport Global fired two of its investigators after they uncovered ...

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Iraq probes allegations of human rights violations in Mosul - ABC News

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Iraq probes allegations of human rights violations in Mosul
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Iraq's Interior Ministry said it launched an investigation into allegations of human rights violations perpetrated by its forces fighting the Islamic State group in Mosul. The allegations were first reported by Germany's Der Spiegel magazine last weekend.
Iraq orders investigation into abuses by security forces in anti-ISIS campaignStars and Stripes

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British Intelligence Warned Tony Blair of Manchester-Like Terrorism if the West Invaded Iraq - The Intercept

The Intercept

British Intelligence Warned Tony Blair of Manchester-Like Terrorism if the West Invaded Iraq
The Intercept
The same report concluded that Saddam Hussein's Iraq “would aspire to conduct terrorist attacks against Coalition interests” only in the event of an invasion. Moreover, “authoritative reporting suggests that Iraqi Intelligence (DGI) has little reach or ...



Hawthorne honors Iraq War veteran - NorthJersey.com

Hawthorne honors Iraq War veteran
NorthJersey.com
Master Sergeant Roberto Oquendo Castro, a Hawthorne resident, will be honored at the borough's Memorial Day parade for serving in the New Jersey National Air Guard. Oquendo Castro also received a proclamation during the May 17 council meeting.



Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': US general - Reuters

Reuters

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': US general
Reuters
WASHINGTON An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears likely to be a question of "not if but when," in a significant challenge to Iraq's stability, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday. Iraq's main Kurdish ...
'Not if, but when': US intel chief says Kurdish secession from Iraq imminentRT
Source: Hawija almost becoming Islamic State's new headquarter in IraqIraqi News
Italian Troops Deployed to Guard Mosul Dam; 170 Killed in IraqAntiwar.com

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Counter-ISIS Strikes Hit Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - Department of Defense

Department of Defense

Counter-ISIS Strikes Hit Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
Department of Defense
SOUTHWEST ASIA, May 23, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 27 strikes consisting of 99 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials ...

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Iraq, Saudi Arabia agree to extend support for OPEC cut on oil output - Rudaw

Rudaw

Iraq, Saudi Arabia agree to extend support for OPEC cut on oil output
Rudaw
Iraq and Iran posed the main obstacles to OPEC in reaching a deal for its last output cutting decision in December. Iran insisted that they needed to raise their output since Western sanctions had been lifted and Iraq had just begun increasing its ...
Iraq Could Make Or Break The OPEC DealOilPrice.com
Oil prices whipsaw in wild trading as potential holdout Iraq supports OPEC dealCNBC
Iraq to back Opec-led output cut extensionFinancial Times
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UN Envoy To Iraq Says Mosul Liberation Imminent, IS 'Caliphate' Days 'Numbered' - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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UN Envoy To Iraq Says Mosul Liberation Imminent, IS 'Caliphate' Days 'Numbered'
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
The United Nations envoy for Iraq says the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in the city of Mosul is "imminent" and that its so-called "caliphate" in Iraq will soon end. Jan Kubis, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq, told the ...
Attacks Increase As ISIS Loses Territory In Iraq And Syria05:50Here And Now
The Future of Iraq's Shiite Militias After ISIS' Defeat Letter From MosulForeign Affairs (subscription)
UN Official: Islamic State's Days Numbered in IraqVoice of America
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Iraq Mulls Largest Sovereign Oil-Hedging Deal, Topping Mexico ... - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Iraq Mulls Largest Sovereign Oil-Hedging Deal, Topping Mexico ...
Bloomberg
Iraq is mulling an oil hedging program to lock in prices for future crude sales, potentially topping a similar deal run by Mexico that is considered the largest ...

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