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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US 'deeply concerned' by Turkish strikes in Syria, Iraq - Times Now

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US 'deeply concerned' by Turkish strikes in Syria, Iraq
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Washington: The United States is "deeply concerned" by Turkish air strikes that reportedly killed more than two dozen Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria, the State Department said on Tuesday. The strikes underscore the delicate political tightrope the ...
US 'deeply concerned' after Turkey bombs allies in Iraq and SyriaCNN
Turkey expands strikes against Kurdish militants in Syria and IraqWashington Post
Turkish Strikes Target Kurdish Allies of US in Iraq and SyriaNew York Times
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Iraq: MSF treating emergencies in Qayyarah hospital - Reliefweb

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Iraq: MSF treating emergencies in Qayyarah hospital
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The hospital opened by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Qayyarah, Iraq, last December is around 35 miles (60 km) south of Mosul. Distant enough not to hear the sounds of airstrikes and rocket fire, but sufficiently close for ...
Iraqi forces now attacking ISIS militants with drones in MosulUSA TODAY
Iraq captures Mosul's al-Tenek district from Islamic StateUPI.com
In part of Iraq, the end of fighting meant the return of toysWashington Post
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Wild boars kill ISIS militants in Iraq - AOL

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Wild boars kill ISIS militants in Iraq
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ISIS is a global force of terror that's managed to evade some of the best military fighters the world has to offer. But, they were no match for some wild boars. The terrorists were recently caught in the path of a stampede of boars in the northern part ...
ISIS Fighters in Iraq Killed by Wild Boars Before They Can Ambush LocalsNewsweek
Rampaging wild boars kill 3 ISIS terrorists in Iraq — RT Viral - RT.comRT
Wild boar herd kills Islamic State fightersThe Australian
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DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq and Syria drone no-fly zones - The Register

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DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq and Syria drone no-fly zones
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Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists. The updates, quietly made to DJI's Go app without ...



Afghan, Iraq troops a 'long-term' pledge - 9news.com.au

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Afghan, Iraq troops a 'long-term' pledge
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Australian soldiers will remain in Iraq and Afghanistan for a long time, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said during a secret visit to the Middle East. Mr Turnbull's unannounced visit to troops was made in the lead-up to Anzac Day on Tuesday ...
Turnbull: Aussie troops to stay in Iraq, AfghanistanStarts at 60
Australian troops will be in Iraq, Afghanistan for long term, says Malcolm TurnbullThe Sydney Morning Herald
PM makes Anzac visit to Afghanistan, IraqSky News Australia
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Wild boars maul Isil fighters to death in Iraq - Telegraph.co.uk

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Wild boars maul Isil fighters to death in Iraq
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Wild boars mauled three Islamic State (Isil) fighters to death near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, according to Kurdish fighters. The jihadists' bodies were found badly mangled by refugees fleeing through farmland as they tried to get away from Isil ...



As War Destroys Ancient Iraq, Erbil Works to Rebuild Citadel - The Wire

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As War Destroys Ancient Iraq, Erbil Works to Rebuild Citadel
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Workers are seen as they lay tiles on the floor of a 19th-century mansion at the Citadel of Erbil in Erbil, Iraq April 23, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jamal Saidi. Erbil ...

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Years after US Iraq intervention, Yazidis are still seeking safety on a ... - PRI

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Years after US Iraq intervention, Yazidis are still seeking safety on a ...
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In 2014, the plight of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar to flee genocide prompted Barack Obama to launch America's first new round of airstrikes against ISIS in ...

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Iraq torture claims lawyers made £10MILLION from claims' - Daily Mail

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Iraq torture claims lawyers made £10MILLION from claims'
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Mr Day held a joint press conference with Mr Shiner, of disgraced firm Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), making multiple allegations of misconduct by the army during the Iraq War. During the the conference the pair revealed the allegations made by their ...
Iraq lawyers 'endorsed' fake torture claimsThe Times (subscription)
Leigh Day lawyers accused of misconduct over Iraq claimsBBC News
Iraq torture claims lawyers Leigh Day had evidence clients were scheming insurgents, tribunal hearsTelegraph.co.uk
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Iraq: Humanitarian Bulletin, March/April 2017 | Issued on 25 April - Reliefweb

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Iraq: Humanitarian Bulletin, March/April 2017 | Issued on 25 April
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The rate of displacement from west Mosul continues to escalate as fighting to retake the west of the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) closes in on the old city. An estimated 382,000 people have fled western neighbourhoods since ...