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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Sniper's shot puts focus on Canada's Iraq role - Inquirer.net

Inquirer.net

Sniper's shot puts focus on Canada's Iraq role
Inquirer.net
Nicholas Dugan of California looks at the new McMillan Tac-50 A1-R2 rifle on display at the McMillan Firearms Manufacturing booth at the National Shooting Sports Foundation's 34th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show at the Sands Expo ...
Record-breaking sniper shot in Iraq should be 'celebrated,' Trudeau saysTimes Colonist
Record-breaking sniper kill in Iraq doesn't suggest any combat role, says Justin TrudeauGlobalnews.ca
Canadian Sniper's Record Kill In Iraq 'Entirely Consistent' With Non-Combat Mission: TrudeauHuffington Post Canada
The Globe and Mail -CBC.ca
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ISIS Is Almost Defeated in Iraq, but Thousands of Christians Refuse to Return to Their Homes - Newsweek

Newsweek

ISIS Is Almost Defeated in Iraq, but Thousands of Christians Refuse to Return to Their Homes
Newsweek
A picture of Jesus defaced by Islamic State militants lies on the floor of a church in Qaraqosh, the largest predominantly Christian city in Iraq. During its two-year occupation the group tried to erase all symbols of Christianity. Aurélie Marrier d ...
Islamic State counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq pushMilitary Times
In Iraq, military defeat of ISIS is only the beginningWashington Examiner
Post Islamic State, Iraq could emerge as a model for a modern Arab nationHindustan Times
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IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push - ABC News

ABC News

IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push
ABC News
Counterattacks by Islamic State militants on the western edge of Mosul have stalled Iraqi forces' push in the Old City, the last IS stronghold in the battle, an Iraqi officer said Tuesday. The attacks forced Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition to ...
Iraq army: ISIL will fall in Mosul 'in a few days'Aljazeera.com
Iraqi forces seize more ground in Mosul from Islamic State, PM sees victory soonReuters
Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attackBBC News
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Iran Won in Lebanon. What About Iraq? - American Enterprise Institute

Iran Won in Lebanon. What About Iraq?
American Enterprise Institute
In the violent Middle East, Lebanon looks like a miracle. A mix of Christians and Sunni and Shiite Muslims who have fought a brutal civil war, and have weathered aggressive outside interference, Lebanon is still puttering along as a semifunctioning ...

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To stabilize Iraq after ISIS, try a method that worked - The Hill (blog)

The Hill (blog)

To stabilize Iraq after ISIS, try a method that worked
The Hill (blog)
The farming region of Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad, is divided by one of Iraq's most turbulent fault lines of conflict, between the country's Sunni and Shia tribes. A decade ago, this region of palm groves and irrigation canals was a violent al Qaeda ...



My first drone kill: One of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq - Salon

Salon

My first drone kill: One of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq
Salon
A Ranger team operating in the same area happened to be watching our live drone feed. We had a vast interconnected network across the battlefield, and it was necessary to collaborate. That they were watching was no secret. They didn't hear our ...



Counter-ISIS Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq - Department of Defense

Department of Defense

Counter-ISIS Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq
Department of Defense
SOUTHWEST ASIA, June 25, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 37 strikes consisting of 79 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials ...
Wars in Syria and Iraq: How will they end?UPI.com

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A photographer's thirst for Iraq, quenched in a Detroit suburb - Washington Post

Washington Post

A photographer's thirst for Iraq, quenched in a Detroit suburb
Washington Post
After midnight on a recent Michigan summer night, the streets were alive with activity. Not for a Detroit Redwings game or a music festival but for a large Muslim American community there celebrating Ramadan. After dawn-to-dusk fasting, Muslims around ...



Iraq's Kurds question motives behind independence vote - Al-Monitor - Al-Monitor

Al-Monitor



Police find 91 migrants from Syria, Iraq in truck - News24

News24

Police find 91 migrants from Syria, Iraq in truck
News24
Bucharest - Romanian border police have found 91 migrants from Iraq and Syria hidden in a truck transporting vehicle parts. They told police they were trying to reach the visa-free Schengen travel zone. Police stopped and searched the vehicle with ...

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