Iraq

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

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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.

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US to Send Over 200 More Soldiers to Iraq to Help Retake Mosul - New York Times

New York Times

US to Send Over 200 More Soldiers to Iraq to Help Retake Mosul
New York Times
American-led coalition instructors training Iraqi soldiers at a military base south of Baghdad in January. Credit Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters. WASHINGTON — The United States is sending more than 200 additional soldiers to Iraq to support the Iraqi ...
US to Send 275 More Soldiers to Iraq to Shore Up Mosul EffortsNBCNews.com
Iraq, US Investigate Mass Civilian Deaths in MosulVoice of America
200 more US troops headed to Iraq to 'advise and assist' Mosul offensiveABC News
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Isis will be defeated in Iraq 'within weeks', says country's Prime ... - The Independent

The Independent

Isis will be defeated in Iraq 'within weeks', says country's Prime ...
The Independent
Isis will be defeated in Iraq “within weeks”, according to the country's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi. Insisting they would “definitely” be driven from the country, ...
US Military in Iraq Wears New Black Uniforms to Fight ISISNewsweek
The future of militias in post-ISIL IraqAljazeera.com
ISIS Nears Extinction in Iraq | LifeZetteLifeZette
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IS turn Mosul sinkhole into 'biggest mass grave' in Iraq - Sky News - Sky News

Sky News

IS turn Mosul sinkhole into 'biggest mass grave' in Iraq - Sky News
Sky News
The crater could hold more than 6000 bodies, but landmines scattered around it hamper efforts to recover the remains.

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Restarting economic opportunity in post-ISIS Iraq - Washington Times

Washington Times

Restarting economic opportunity in post-ISIS Iraq
Washington Times
American and United Nations plans for post-ISIS reconstruction in Iraq focus primarily on Sunni and Shia areas, scandalously neglecting minorities in Northern Iraq — particularly the Christians — who continue to suffer from the ISIS genocide and ...



Trapped Civilians Complicate US Efforts in Northern Syria And Iraq - NPR

Trapped Civilians Complicate US Efforts in Northern Syria And Iraq
NPR
NPR's Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman explains U.S. and coalition efforts to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa and the ongoing fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul. Recent airstrikes in Mosul may have led to the deaths of more than one hundred civilians, ...



Iraq: Mosul Humanitarian Response Situation Report No. 26 (20-26 March 2017) - ReliefWeb

ReliefWeb

Iraq: Mosul Humanitarian Response Situation Report No. 26 (20-26 March 2017)
ReliefWeb
An estimated 220,000 people are currently displaced from West Mosul since 19 February 2017, according to figures received from the Government of Iraq. • The cumulative number of IDPs from the beginning of the Mosul Operation on 17 October 2016 has ...

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A New Mechanism for Syria. But what about Iraq? - Forbes

Forbes

A New Mechanism for Syria. But what about Iraq?
Forbes
Since their rise as a major terrorist group in the Syria and Iraq conflicts, Daesh has perpetrated some of the worst atrocities and war crimes that we have witnessed in years. It has become clear that the atrocities committed by Daesh against religious ...



Fourteen years after Iraq, we still don't know the truth of what happened - The National

The National

Fourteen years after Iraq, we still don't know the truth of what happened
The National
After all, Donald Rumsfeld was right. In Iraq, there were known knowns and known unknowns. But the hardest of all for Iraqis to deal with are the unknown unknowns: the things they don't know, either because, frankly, no one has cared to look or because ...

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Iraq IDP Information Centre Report, Ninewa Monthly Summary, February 2017 - ReliefWeb

ReliefWeb

Iraq IDP Information Centre Report, Ninewa Monthly Summary, February 2017
ReliefWeb
Of the 4,415 calls made to the Iraq Internally Displaced Persons Information Centre (Iraq IIC) during this reporting period of February 2017, 54% of calls were made from in-camp and out-of-camp locations in Ninewa, ranking Ninewa as the top caller ...
Iraq IDP Information Centre Report, February 2017Reliefweb

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Market Currents: Iraq oil exports show no signs of output cut - FuelFix (blog)

FuelFix (blog)

Market Currents: Iraq oil exports show no signs of output cut
FuelFix (blog)
Oil prices are subdued to start the week, as the weekend's compliance meeting has done little to allay oversupply fears. As WTI continues to trek on in forty-dollardom, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today: 1) OPEC members appear ...
Fate of OPEC's output cut will depend on how market responds, Iraq's oil minister saysCNBC
Iraq's southern oil exports seen average 3.163 mln bpd in March - sourcesTimes of India
Oman, Iraq and Venezuela add support to roll over output cuts beyond JuneMuscat Daily

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