Iraq Country Information
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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.
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.
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