Iraq

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

Information

Introduction

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.

[+] Geography

[+] People

[+] Government

Video

Map


View Larger Map

References

Iraq - Wikipedia
Iraq - CIA World Fact Book
Iraq - BBC
Iraq - National Geographic
Iraq - Timeline - BBC

Cities

Links

News Headlines

Google News
UK's Iraq war crimes probe dismisses thousands of complaints - Al Jazeera English
  1. UK's Iraq war crimes probe dismisses thousands of complaints  Al Jazeera English
  2. Iraq War veterans welcome disclosure that not a single soldier is expected to be prosecuted  Telegraph.co.uk
  3. British soldiers unlikely to be prosecuted over Iraq war crimes  WION
  4. Britain's Iraq war crimes probe dismisses thousands of complaints  Arabnews
  5. UK soldiers hit by war crimes claims unlikely to face criminal trials  Daily Mail
  6. View Full coverage on Google News


Security forces launch major anti-IS offensive in Iraq - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaSecurity forces launch major anti-IS offensive in Iraq - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Pro-Iran militias in Iraq wage 'fake news' campaign against US - Al-MonitorPro-Iran militias in Iraq wage 'fake news' campaign against US  Al-Monitor

Iraq says it's dealing with 'technical issues' to further cut output - S&P GlobalIraq says it's dealing with 'technical issues' to further cut output  S&P Global

Iraq reports highest single-day spike in virus cases - Anadolu AjansiIraq reports highest single-day spike in virus cases  Anadolu Ajansi

WHO: Iraq lockdown decision necessary after rise in COVID-19 infections, stresses collaboration of all in the fight against the virus [EN/AR] - Iraq - ReliefWebWHO: Iraq lockdown decision necessary after rise in COVID-19 infections, stresses collaboration of all in the fight against the virus [EN/AR] - Iraq  ReliefWeb

How the US should approach the strategic dialogue with Iraq - Brookings InstitutionHow the US should approach the strategic dialogue with Iraq  Brookings Institution

The Latest: Paris protesters defy ban, oppose arrest deaths - Quad-Cities OnlineThe Latest: Paris protesters defy ban, oppose arrest deaths  Quad-Cities Online

Iraq and the US still need each other - Brookings InstitutionIraq and the US still need each other  Brookings Institution

Iraq confirms 260 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths - Outlook IndiaIraq confirms 260 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths  Outlook India

Rice Shortage in Iraq as Ministry Confirms 190,000 Tonnes Stock Left - Grainmart NewsRice Shortage in Iraq as Ministry Confirms 190,000 Tonnes Stock Left  Grainmart News

Lawyer HILARY MEREDITH: It's time to give Iraq veterans an apology - Daily MailLawyer HILARY MEREDITH: It's time to give Iraq veterans an apology  Daily Mail

Iraq Can Now Wrest Its Sovereignty From Iran - Foreign Affairs MagazineIraq Can Now Wrest Its Sovereignty From Iran  Foreign Affairs Magazine

The biological and political challenges facing Iraq’s new government - TRT WorldThe biological and political challenges facing Iraq’s new government  TRT World

Iraq Turns to Neighbors to Ease Economic Strains - The Wall Street JournalIraq Turns to Neighbors to Ease Economic Strains  The Wall Street Journal

Kurdish authorities in Iraq lift lockdown following protests - Al-MonitorKurdish authorities in Iraq lift lockdown following protests  Al-Monitor

A New Leader Tries to Steer Iraq Through the U.S.-Iran Rivalry - The Wall Street JournalA New Leader Tries to Steer Iraq Through the U.S.-Iran Rivalry  The Wall Street Journal

Iraq: Humanitarian Bulletin, April 2020 - Iraq - ReliefWebIraq: Humanitarian Bulletin, April 2020 - Iraq  ReliefWeb

Petrofac Wins Iraq Contract Extension - RigzonePetrofac Wins Iraq Contract Extension  Rigzone

Coronavirus: WHO says extension of lockdown 'necessary' in Iraq - The NationalCoronavirus: WHO says extension of lockdown 'necessary' in Iraq  The National

Iraq, oil and the future of its youth - Al Jazeera EnglishIraq, oil and the future of its youth  Al Jazeera English

Iraq’s New PM Was Once Critical of Country Seen as ‘Iran’s Backyard’ - VOA NewsIraq’s New PM Was Once Critical of Country Seen as ‘Iran’s Backyard’  VOA News

Iraq reports 57 new COVID-19 cases, 3,611 in total - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaIraq reports 57 new COVID-19 cases, 3,611 in total - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Iraq's daily virus tally sees surge with 322 cases - Anadolu AgencyIraq's daily virus tally sees surge with 322 cases  Anadolu Agency

US and Iran court Iraq's energy sector attention with top diplomat meetings - Rudaw Media NetworkUS and Iran court Iraq's energy sector attention with top diplomat meetings  Rudaw Media Network

War crimes claims against British Iraq war veterans dismissed - Middle East MonitorWar crimes claims against British Iraq war veterans dismissed  Middle East Monitor

Eid al-Fitr in Iraq: Some worshippers defying government lockdown - Aljazeera.comEid al-Fitr in Iraq: Some worshippers defying government lockdown  Aljazeera.com

Iraq: Basra protesters call for resignation of local governor - Al Jazeera EnglishIraq: Basra protesters call for resignation of local governor  Al Jazeera English

Iran changes tack in Iraqi politics after mastermind's assassination - ReutersIran changes tack in Iraqi politics after mastermind's assassination  Reuters

Iraq's treasury almost empty: Prime Minister - Anadolu AgencyIraq's treasury almost empty: Prime Minister  Anadolu Agency

Spain to withdraw troops from main Iraqi base this summer - EL PAÍS in EnglishSpain to withdraw troops from main Iraqi base this summer  EL PAÍS in English

Iraq: Rocket lands near US embassy inside Baghdad's Green Zone - Al Jazeera EnglishIraq: Rocket lands near US embassy inside Baghdad's Green Zone  Al Jazeera English

Iraq to launch investigations against killing of protesters - Al-MonitorIraq to launch investigations against killing of protesters  Al-Monitor

Iraq announces the killing of ISIS 'governor of Iraq' - Kurdistan24Iraq announces the killing of ISIS 'governor of Iraq'  Kurdistan24

Iraq: New Government, New Legislative Agenda - Human Rights WatchIraq: New Government, New Legislative Agenda  Human Rights Watch

Only 190000 tonnes of rice left for Iraq's food programme: Trade ministry - Middle East EyeOnly 190000 tonnes of rice left for Iraq's food programme: Trade ministry  Middle East Eye

Iraqis abducted, tortured for partaking in protests: UN report - Al Jazeera EnglishIraqis abducted, tortured for partaking in protests: UN report  Al Jazeera English

UK carries out airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq - ArabnewsUK carries out airstrikes on Daesh in Iraq  Arabnews

Shell evacuates foreign staff from Iraq's Basra Gas project - Aljazeera.comShell evacuates foreign staff from Iraq's Basra Gas project  Aljazeera.com

Iraq announces arrest of ISIL number two Nasser al-Qirdash - Al Jazeera EnglishIraq announces arrest of ISIL number two Nasser al-Qirdash  Al Jazeera English

US-Iraqi Relationship Is Coming to a Head—and That's a Good Thing - Foreign PolicyUS-Iraqi Relationship Is Coming to a Head—and That's a Good Thing  Foreign Policy

Iraq's security forces destroy Daesh vehicles - ArabnewsIraq's security forces destroy Daesh vehicles  Arabnews

A Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Is Losing Influence in Iraq - Foreign PolicyA Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Is Losing Influence in Iraq  Foreign Policy

'Clean slate' for Iraq's Kadhimi could help him steer economy, security and US-Iran ties: analysts - S&P Global'Clean slate' for Iraq's Kadhimi could help him steer economy, security and US-Iran ties: analysts  S&P Global

Iraq takes action against bogus social media posts - Al-MonitorIraq takes action against bogus social media posts  Al-Monitor

U.S. Authorities Say Hobby Lobby's Gilgamesh Tablet Is 'Stolen,' Must Go Back To Iraq - NPRU.S. Authorities Say Hobby Lobby's Gilgamesh Tablet Is 'Stolen,' Must Go Back To Iraq  NPR

To Prevent US-Iran War, Make Iraq Neutral Ground - Foreign PolicyTo Prevent US-Iran War, Make Iraq Neutral Ground  Foreign Policy

Norway's top military official in Iraq says virus helps ISIS - Military TimesNorway's top military official in Iraq says virus helps ISIS  Military Times

U.S. caused a lot of Iraq's problems. It can't solve them - Los Angeles TimesU.S. caused a lot of Iraq's problems. It can't solve them  Los Angeles Times

Major New Report on Economic Effects of COVID-19 in Iraq - MENAFN.COMMajor New Report on Economic Effects of COVID-19 in Iraq  MENAFN.COM

RAF Typhoons and Reapers conduct air strikes in Iraq - Airforce TechnologyRAF Typhoons and Reapers conduct air strikes in Iraq  Airforce Technology

Iraq's KRG to impose COVID-19 curfew on Eid - Anadolu AgencyIraq's KRG to impose COVID-19 curfew on Eid  Anadolu Agency

Keep Expectations Modest for Iraq's New Government - War on the RocksKeep Expectations Modest for Iraq's New Government  War on the Rocks

Secret Iran-US deal leads Kadhimi to power in Iraq - Anadolu AgencySecret Iran-US deal leads Kadhimi to power in Iraq  Anadolu Agency

Coronavirus: warnings mount in Iraq of unmanageable onslaught - The NationalCoronavirus: warnings mount in Iraq of unmanageable onslaught  The National

Turkey conducts rare strike in Iraq's Sulaimaniyah province against PKK - Al-MonitorTurkey conducts rare strike in Iraq's Sulaimaniyah province against PKK  Al-Monitor

Spain to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan - Information-Analytic Agency NEWS.amSpain to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan  Information-Analytic Agency NEWS.am

Kuwait MPs grill ministers over Iraq's debt relief - Gulf NewsKuwait MPs grill ministers over Iraq's debt relief  Gulf News

Iraq: Humanitarian Snapshot (April 2020) - Iraq - ReliefWebIraq: Humanitarian Snapshot (April 2020) - Iraq  ReliefWeb

Iraq's military spokesman: 'Daesh is no longer a threat' - Middle East MonitorIraq's military spokesman: 'Daesh is no longer a threat'  Middle East Monitor

Kurds must be involved in Iraq-US 'roadmap' talks: President Barzani - Rudaw Media NetworkKurds must be involved in Iraq-US 'roadmap' talks: President Barzani  Rudaw Media Network

Oil price crash compounds problems facing Iraq's new government - Aljazeera.comOil price crash compounds problems facing Iraq's new government  Aljazeera.com

Trump: Iraq's instability continues to pose... - Rudaw Media NetworkTrump: Iraq's instability continues to pose...  Rudaw Media Network

Celebrating how Paul MacAlindin created a youth orchestra in war-torn Iraq - Press and JournalCelebrating how Paul MacAlindin created a youth orchestra in war-torn Iraq  Press and Journal

UN team reports new evidence against Islamic State in Iraq - Associated PressUN team reports new evidence against Islamic State in Iraq  Associated Press

Iraq's May exports exceed OPEC production quota - Iraq Oil ReportIraq's May exports exceed OPEC production quota  Iraq Oil Report

Iraq's Rudaw Media Network Chooses Viz Opus for Broadcast Control System - Sports Video GroupIraq's Rudaw Media Network Chooses Viz Opus for Broadcast Control System  Sports Video Group

Iraq’s economy is collapsing under the double blow of sinking oil prices and coronavirus lockdown - The Washington PostIraq’s economy is collapsing under the double blow of sinking oil prices and coronavirus lockdown  The Washington Post

Iran Supreme Leader says Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria - Reuters.comIran Supreme Leader says Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria  Reuters.com

Activists: Iraq’s Kurdish Region Becomes Less Safe for Iranian Dissidents - VOA NewsActivists: Iraq’s Kurdish Region Becomes Less Safe for Iranian Dissidents  VOA News

Iraq's Ancient Nineveh Re-created Via VR Technology - VOA NewsIraq's Ancient Nineveh Re-created Via VR Technology  VOA News

Death of Iraq's last princess closes tumultuous chapter in Middle East history - ArabnewsDeath of Iraq's last princess closes tumultuous chapter in Middle East history  Arabnews

ISIS vows to exploit US drawdown in Iraq and Syria - Rudaw Media NetworkISIS vows to exploit US drawdown in Iraq and Syria  Rudaw Media Network

Gil Loescher, 75, Refugees Expert Who Survived Iraq Bombing, Dies - The New York TimesGil Loescher, 75, Refugees Expert Who Survived Iraq Bombing, Dies  The New York Times

Islamic State believed behind crop fires in Iraq's disputed territories - Al-MonitorIslamic State believed behind crop fires in Iraq's disputed territories  Al-Monitor

Farewell to Iraq's last princess - Middle East MonitorFarewell to Iraq's last princess  Middle East Monitor

ISIS Is Using Coronavirus to Rebuild Its Terrorism Network in Iraq and Syria - HSTodayISIS Is Using Coronavirus to Rebuild Its Terrorism Network in Iraq and Syria  HSToday

WARS Iraq: Bankruptcy Diplomacy - Strategy PageWARS Iraq: Bankruptcy Diplomacy  Strategy Page

Suicide rates increase within Iraq’s Yazidi community - Al-MonitorSuicide rates increase within Iraq’s Yazidi community  Al-Monitor

I'm an Iraq Veteran. The Cops Are Treating Citizens Like They're Under Occupation. - The Daily BeastI'm an Iraq Veteran. The Cops Are Treating Citizens Like They're Under Occupation.  The Daily Beast

Coronavirus live: Iraq confirms first Covid-19 case in Mosul displacement camp - The NationalCoronavirus live: Iraq confirms first Covid-19 case in Mosul displacement camp  The National

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, An Iraq War Vet, Expresses Alarm At Military Helicopters Over DC - TPMSen. Tammy Duckworth, An Iraq War Vet, Expresses Alarm At Military Helicopters Over DC  TPM

U.S. Airstrikes Kill Iraqi Soldiers and Police, Iraqi Officials Say - The New York TimesU.S. Airstrikes Kill Iraqi Soldiers and Police, Iraqi Officials Say  The New York Times

A Shocked Iraq Reconsiders Its Relationship With the U.S. - The New York TimesA Shocked Iraq Reconsiders Its Relationship With the U.S.  The New York Times

Iraq: In the shadow of US-Iran tensions - Al Jazeera AmericaIraq: In the shadow of US-Iran tensions  Al Jazeera America

Coronavirus: Iraq reports first two confirmed deaths as fears rise - BBC NewsCoronavirus: Iraq reports first two confirmed deaths as fears rise  BBC News

Iraq has a new prime minister. What next? - Brookings InstitutionIraq has a new prime minister. What next?  Brookings Institution

Is change likely in Iraq? - Brookings InstitutionIs change likely in Iraq?  Brookings Institution

Iraq’s autumn of discontent - The HinduIraq’s autumn of discontent  The Hindu

The Iraq protests explained in 100 and 500 words - BBC NewsThe Iraq protests explained in 100 and 500 words  BBC News

Why The U.S. Embassy In Iraq Became A Target Of Anger Again - NPRWhy The U.S. Embassy In Iraq Became A Target Of Anger Again  NPR

Iraq names third PM-designate in 10 weeks as deadlock continues - BBC NewsIraq names third PM-designate in 10 weeks as deadlock continues  BBC News

Huge rally as Iraqis demand US troops pull out - BBC NewsHuge rally as Iraqis demand US troops pull out  BBC News

Iraq and the US withdrawal conundrum - Al Jazeera EnglishIraq and the US withdrawal conundrum  Al Jazeera English

A Look At U.S. Interests In Iraq - NPRA Look At U.S. Interests In Iraq  NPR

Iraq protests: Gunmen kill at least 20 people in Baghdad - BBC NewsIraq protests: Gunmen kill at least 20 people in Baghdad  BBC News

Iraq after Soleimani: What is the future for US troops? - BBC NewsIraq after Soleimani: What is the future for US troops?  BBC News

Iraq's crisis: Deadlock or political opportunity? - Al Jazeera EnglishIraq's crisis: Deadlock or political opportunity?  Al Jazeera English

As U.S.-Iran Tensions Flare, Iraq Is Caught in the Middle - The New York TimesAs U.S.-Iran Tensions Flare, Iraq Is Caught in the Middle  The New York Times

Iraq base attack: Coalition and Iraqi troops hurt as Taji targeted again - BBC NewsIraq base attack: Coalition and Iraqi troops hurt as Taji targeted again  BBC News