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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Coalition Trainers in Iraq Helping 'Make a Good Force Better' - Department of Defense

Department of Defense

Coalition Trainers in Iraq Helping 'Make a Good Force Better'
Department of Defense
The coalition training effort in Iraq is all about “making a good force better,” said Italian army Brig. Gen. Roberto Vannacci, the deputy commanding general for training for Operation Inherent Resolve's Joint Forces Land Component Command in Iraq.
Iraqi judiciary set to execute scores of ISIS brides as the caliphate collapsesDaily Mail
40 ISIS brides sentenced to DEATH in Iraq after being given just 10 minutes in courtExpress.co.uk
Iraq sentences more than 40 ISIS brides to death after 10-minute ...The Sun
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These Army units are next up to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan - ArmyTimes.com

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These Army units are next up to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan
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The 101st Airborne Division's combat aviation brigade will deploy to Afghanistan this summer, the Army announced Tuesday. Here, soldiers from the division watch as two Chinook helicopters fly in to take them back to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan ...
Fort Bragg's 18th Airborne Corps to deploy to IraqThe Fayetteville Observer

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Progress in Iraq, but the democracy will be tested - The Globe and Mail

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Progress in Iraq, but the democracy will be tested
The Globe and Mail
Zheger Hassan served as an observer for Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission. He is an adjunct professor of political science at King's University College in London, Ont., and co-director of MENARG at the University of Western Ontario. On May ...



US in contact with ex-foe Sadr after shock win in Iraq poll: aide - Reuters

Reuters

US in contact with ex-foe Sadr after shock win in Iraq poll: aide
Reuters
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States has contacted members of a political bloc headed by former foe Moqtada al-Sadr after his parliamentary election victory put the Shi'ite cleric in a strong position to influence the formation of a new government, a ...
Iraq's Election Creates New US UncertaintiesVoice of America
Can Iraq's Sadr swing a non-sectarian government?Al-Monitor
US Coalition: If Iraq Asks Us to Leave, Our Leaders Must Make 'Right Decision'Newsweek
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Youngest soldier sent to Iraq killed himself after horrors of war left him feeling 'useless', inquest hears - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Youngest soldier sent to Iraq killed himself after horrors of war left him feeling 'useless', inquest hears
Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Williams deployed to Iraq on Operation TELIC 9, which saw some of the toughest fighting and involved 46,000 personnel at its peak. He had signed up when he was 16 after being inspired by watching soldiers on television, but was discharged from the ...



Memorial in Ohio Statehouse honors 23 service members killed in Iraq - NBC4i.com

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Memorial in Ohio Statehouse honors 23 service members killed in Iraq
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COLUMBUS (AP) — A memorial paying tribute to a central Ohio-based Marine reserve company that lost 22 Marines and a Navy Corpsman in Iraq in 2005 once again can be viewed at Ohio's Statehouse. Display of "The Eyes of Freedom " honoring the ...



Iraq's Muqtada Al-Sadr Is the Country's Version of Trump | Time - TIME

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'They deserve no mercy': Iraq deals briskly with accused 'women of Isis' - The Guardian

The Guardian

'They deserve no mercy': Iraq deals briskly with accused 'women of Isis'
The Guardian
All the 15 women in court last week had been widowed by the war that eventually ousted Isis from much of Iraq, killing tens of thousands of its members and replacing its promises of an Islamic utopia with a crushing defeat. The women here had in some ...



Up to 1000 bodies retrieved in Iraq's liberated Mosul - Xinhua

Iraqi News

Up to 1000 bodies retrieved in Iraq's liberated Mosul
Xinhua
MOSUL, Iraq, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Up to 1,000 bodies were retrieved under the debris of devastated buildings in western Mosul in Iraq over the past several days, a police source said Tuesday. "Only on Monday and Tuesday, a team from the Iraqi civil ...
1000 Bodies Recovered in Mosul; Two Turks Among 15 Killed in IraqAntiwar.com

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Iowan Marine known for heroic acts in Iraq War relinquishes sword of office - DesMoinesRegister.com

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Iowan Marine known for heroic acts in Iraq War relinquishes sword of office
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A Marine from southwest Iowa who is known for his actions in the Iraq War, when he was pierced by bullets and shrapnel while rescuing wounded comrades, relinquished his sword of office Friday as he prepared for retirement. Sgt. Maj. Bradley Kasal of ...