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Iraq Flag Iraq is Middle Eastern country, located in Southwest Asia. It borders Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey, and has a short coastline on the Persian Gulf. The country contains two major rivers, the Tigris, and the Euphrates.

As of 2009, the country had a populaton of approximately 31.2 million, and additionally, a large number of Iraqis have been displaced to other countries, principally as a result of violence in the country.

The capital and largest city of the country, Baghdad, has a population estimated to be around 7.5 million, and is located on the River Tigris, in the center of the country. Baghdad is the second largest city of the Arab world (after Cairo, in Egypt), and dates back to the 8th century.

Map of Iraq

Recent Iraqi history has been dominated by a series of wars. The Iran-Iraq war of 1980 to 1988, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, followed by the Gulf War ("Desert Storm") of 1991, and most recently the US-led invasion of the country ("Operation Iraqi Freedom") in 2003, followed by several years of continued violence in the aftermath of the invasion. It is however begun to look as though things may now be beginning to improve, and violence levels seemed to have been falling from late 2009.

The Iraqi economy is dominated by oil, and this sector accounts for about 95% of foreign exchange earnings. At present, the economy is still recovering in the aftermath of the recent wars and the economic sanctions which were imposed on the country for several years after the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Iraq Country Details


Country Name Iraq
Political Status Country
Geographic Location The Middle East
Flag Iraq Flag
Principal Language Arabic
Capital Baghdad


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Iraq: The ancient sites & Iraqi Kurdistan (Bradt Travel Guides)
By Geoff Hann & Tina Townsend-Greaves

Bradt Travel Guides
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This brand new edition of Bradt's unique guide to Iraq gives up-to-datetravel information and also informs the armchair traveler aboutthe history and exciting archaeological prospects of this ancient land with arich culture. Ancient sites such as Babylon and Ur, the stunning architectureof the country's mosques, the natural beauty and wildlife of the Marshes andbeautiful Iraqi handicrafts create a myriad of attractions to inspire even themost seasoned traveller. The authors, Geoff Hann, KarenDabrowska and Tina Townsend-Greaves, bring their considerable knowledge andunderstanding of Iraq to provide all the practical and background informationneeded to explore this country and to get the most out of your trip.Advice on cultural awareness and religious sensitivity in thecontext of Iraqi history, alongwith where to get the latest information on which parts of the country youcan still visit, make this an invaluable guide.

Lonely Planet Middle East (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet, Sofia Barbarani, Virginia Maxwell, Anthony Sattin & Jenny Walker

Lonely Planet Publications
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Lonely Planet Middle East (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Middle East is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Be awed by the grandeur of Istanbul's Aya Sofia, contemplate history at Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock, and explore the wonder of Giza's Pyramids; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the Middle East and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Middle East:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, religion, architecture, cuisine, arts, landscape, environment, traveller etiquette, safe travel, women travellers
  • Over 75 maps
  • Covers Egypt, Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Middle East, our most comprehensive guide to the Middle East, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for a guide focused on Turkey, Egypt or Iran? Check out Lonely Planet's Turkey, Egypt or Iran guides for a comprehensive look at all these countries have to offer.
  • Also check out Lonely Planet Istanbul, a detailed guide to the city's most renowned attractions, or Pocket Istanbul, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Sofia Barbarani, Jessica Lee, Virginia Maxwell, Daniel Robinson, Anthony Sattin, Andy Symington, Jenny Walker

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Iraq: The Bradt Travel Guide
By Felicity Arbuthnot

Brand: Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (288 pages)

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Iraq today is synonymous in the minds of travelers with the past. Barely two hours from Baghdad, one can walk in the footsteps of Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon or drive past Nineveh's pre-history ochre walls, with their caverns and winged lions.
Iraq: Then & Now (Bradt Travel Guide)
By Karen Dabrowska

Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (384 pages)

Iraq: Then & Now (Bradt Travel Guide)
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This new Bradt title responds to huge public interest in both Iraq and its people and is less a travel guide – certainly for the time being – and more of an objective account of Saddam’s regime as a whole, and the build-up to the recent conflict.

Focusing on developments in post-Saddam Iraq, without ignoring the horrors which have occurred in the aftermath of the war, the author highlights the country’s positive progression, with chapters such as ‘Iraqi Voices’ – describing the hopes, fears and ambitions of Iraqis – and ‘Post-Saddam Iraq’ – where we get to hear the views of prominent politicians on the war and how it was handled.

 

When Bradt published the first edition of its travel guide to Iraq, the country was slowly breaking free from the shackles of sanctions, Western tourists were returning in small numbers and it looked as if the fledgling tourist industry would grow. As in that travel guide, this new book introduces the magnificent ancient Iraqi civilisations and provides a historical background to the country, as well as providing updated practical information on which places are still open to visitors.

 

Middle East (Multi Country Travel Guide)
By Anthony Ham, Jenny Walker & James Bainbridge

Brand: Lonely Planet
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Middle East (Multi Country Travel Guide)
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Nobody knows the Middle East like Lonely Planet. From Egyptian oases, hidden gorges in 'the other Iraq' and hamams in Istanbul, to the old city of Jerusalem and the labyrinth of Aleppo's souq, we've got the whole region covered.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

In This Guide:

Expert authors share their best experiences in Middle East Stories chapter
In-Depth itineraries that take you from country to country
Unique Green Index highlights the best eco-tourism options
Middle East w/Iraq 2-sided
By National Geographic Maps

National Geographic Maps
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Middle East w/Iraq 2-sided
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2-sided map: the Middle East and Iraq (2010)
Iraq Classic [Laminated] (National Geographic Reference Map)
By National Geographic Maps - Reference

National Geographic Maps
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National Geographic’s Classic style map of Iraq is one of the most detailed and comprehensive maps available of this historic country in the heart of the Fertile Crescent. With its vivid color palette and accurate shaded relief, this wall map is as attractive as it is functional. Iraq is shown in its entirety along with bordering areas of Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Turkey. Hundreds of place names are displayed in an easy-to-read font in addition to cartographic patterns depicting deserts, lava fields, swamps, dry salt lakes and intermittent lakes. Major infrastructure networks such as highways, roads, aqueducts, canals, oil fields and pipelines, railroads and airports are also mapped.

The map is encapsulated in heavy-duty 1.6 mil laminate which makes the paper much more durable and resistant to the swelling and shrinking caused by changes in humidity. Laminated maps can be framed without the need for glass, so the fames can be much lighter and less expensive.

  • Map Scale = 1:1,778,000
  • Sheet Size = 28.25" x 24.25"
Iraq Classic [Tubed] (National Geographic Reference Map)
By National Geographic Maps - Reference

National Geographic Maps
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Iraq Classic [Tubed] (National Geographic Reference Map)
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National Geographic’s Classic style map of Iraq is one of the most detailed and comprehensive maps available of this historic country in the heart of the Fertile Crescent. With its vivid color palette and accurate shaded relief, this wall map is as attractive as it is functional. Iraq is shown in its entirety along with bordering areas of Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Turkey. Hundreds of place names are displayed in an easy-to-read font in addition to cartographic patterns depicting deserts, lava fields, swamps, dry salt lakes and intermittent lakes. Major infrastructure networks such as highways, roads, aqueducts, canals, oil fields and pipelines, railroads and airports are also mapped.

The map is packaged in a two inch diamater clear plastic tube. The tube has a decorative label showing a thumbnail of the map with dimensions and other pertinent information.

  • Map Scale = 1:1,778,000
  • Sheet Size = 28.25" x 24.25"
The Valleys of the Assassins: and Other Persian Travels (Modern Library Paperbacks)
By Freya Stark

Modern Library
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Hailed as a classic upon its first publication in 1934, The Valleys of the Assassins firmly established Freya Stark as one of her generation's most intrepid explorers. The book chronicles her travels into Luristan, the mountainous terrain nestled between Iraq and present-day Iran, often with only a single guide and on a shoestring budget.

Stark writes engagingly of the nomadic peoples who inhabit the region's valleys and brings to life the stories of the ancient kingdoms of the Middle East, including that of the Lords of Alamut, a band of hashish-eating terrorists whose stronghold in the Elburz Mountains Stark was the first to document for the Royal Geographical Society. Her account is at once a highly readable travel narrative and a richly drawn, sympathetic portrait of a people told from their own compelling point of view.

This edition includes a new Introduction by Jane Fletcher Geniesse, Stark's biographer.

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