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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Iraq Asks UN To Help Investigate IS 'Crimes Against Humanity' - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Iraq Asks UN To Help Investigate IS 'Crimes Against Humanity'
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Iraq has asked the United Nations to assist it with gathering evidence of possible "crimes against humanity" committed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group. In a letter released on August 16, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafaari said ...
Iraq asks UN to collect evidence to prosecute Islamic StateThe Spokesman-Review
Iraq seeks UN resolution to investigate ISYahoo Singapore News
Iraq seeks international help to investigate Islamic State crimesReuters

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10 security personnel killed in IS attacks on Iraq bases - The Hindu

The Hindu

10 security personnel killed in IS attacks on Iraq bases
The Hindu
At least 10 security personnel were killed on Wednesday in three attacks by Islamic State (IS) militants on military bases in Iraq's Salahudin province, an official said. Six suicide bombers wearing explosive vests carried out a pre-dawn attack on ...
Daesh kills 7, mostly security personnel, in N. IraqAnadolu Agency
10 security members killed in IS attacks in Iraq's Salahudin provinceXinhua

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Pentagon: US soldiers killed in Iraq were casualties of artillery "mishap" - CBS News

CBS News

Pentagon: US soldiers killed in Iraq were casualties of artillery "mishap"
CBS News
WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon spokesman says the two U.S. soldiers killed Sunday in Iraq were casualties of a U.S. artillery "mishap. The soldiers have been identified as 22-year-old Sgt. Allen L. Stigler Jr. of Arlington, Texas, and 30-year-old Sgt. Roshain E.
Pentagon identifies the two young soldiers, aged 22 and 30, who were killed in Iraq by an artillery 'mishap' during ...Daily Mail
Brooklyn sergeant among two killed in Iraq mortar accidentNew York Daily News
Arlington soldier killed during "artillery mishap" in IraqFOX 4 News
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Arlington's Sgt. Stigler died a hero in Iraq - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Arlington's Sgt. Stigler died a hero in Iraq
Fort Worth Star Telegram
As with so many overseas military operations, their presence in Iraq is largely unknown to and unacknowledged by many of us at home. It shouldn't be. These men and women are heroes. Stigler was a child when the U.S. was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and ...
Pentagon identifies two US soldiers killed in IraqUPI.com

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New Iraq JV With Arab States Eyes Global Oil Trade - OilPrice.com

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New Iraq JV With Arab States Eyes Global Oil Trade
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A new joint venture between Iraq and its Arab partners will allow coordinated transport, storage and trade of crude oil and refined products around the world, according to a new report by Reuters. The move comes as Iraq becomes increasingly active in ...
Iraq sets up oil shipping, trading joint ventureReuters

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Saudi Arabia, Iraq look to reopen border after 27 years - Hindu Business Line

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia, Iraq look to reopen border after 27 years
Hindu Business Line
Thamer al–Sabhan, a Saudi junior minister and former ambassador to Baghdad, visited the Arar border post in southwestern Iraq along with Iraqi officials and Brett McGurk, the senior US envoy to the international coalition fighting the Islamic State ...
The Iraq Report: Children bought and sold in 'sex markets' by Baghdad mafiaThe New Arab
Iraq's August oil exports dip, still some way off OPEC complianceArab News

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ISIS seen as biggest threat in world despite expected defeat in Iraq, new research reveals - Express.co.uk

Express.co.uk

ISIS seen as biggest threat in world despite expected defeat in Iraq, new research reveals
Express.co.uk
However, the terror group has a crumbling hold on territories in Iraq. Iraq's Defence Ministry has completed preparations for retaking Tal Afar, ISIS' last stronghold in the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. The Iraqi Defence Ministry has said it is ...



7 killed in IS attack on Iraq base - The Hindu

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7 killed in IS attack on Iraq base
The Hindu
Islamic State (IS) group's suicide bombers killed seven members of Iraq's security forces in an attack on an Iraqi police and Army base on Wednesday in Baiji, north of Baghdad, the Interior Ministry and a local official said. “Seven members of the ...
Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on IS-held townRudaw
Opinion: The world needs to invest in Iraq's collapsed education infrastructureDevex
Iraq prime minister Haider al-Abadi vows to free 'every inch' of nation from Islamic StateFirstpost
Anadolu Agency -Al-Monitor
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Iraq: Populations at Risk - Current Crisis (15 August 2017) - Reliefweb

Iraq: Populations at Risk - Current Crisis (15 August 2017)
Reliefweb
The extremist armed group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Iraq. As they confront ISIL, some Iraqi Security Forces, Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia militias are also committing ...



Saudi Arabia to reopen border with Iraq after 27 years - Aljazeera.com

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Saudi Arabia to reopen border with Iraq after 27 years
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Sohaib al-Rawi, the governor of Iraq's southwestern Anbar province, whose staff was on hand for the ceremonies, said the Iraqi government had deployed troops to protect the desert route leading to Arar and called its opening a "significant move" to ...
Saudi Arabia-Iraq border to reopen after 27 years to boost tradeRudaw
Iraq's Shiites Test IranForeign Affairs
Shiite Iraq Cleric Key Player in Sunni Attempts to Curb IranBloomberg
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