The armies of the Turks occupied some of the finest parts of the province of Irak and all Azerbaijan.
He sent carriers into Yemen, into Cham, and into Irak, to see if they could not find a few.
With the dynasty of the Omayyads the hegemony passes finally from Syria to Irak.
In 639 the armies of Syria and Irak were face to face in Mesopotamia.
Abdalmalik could now give his whole attention to the projected expedition against Irak.
For this purpose Irak had to furnish the largest contingent.
This transfer of the seat of government represented a step in the development of Turkish control over the central regions of Irak.
But the storms in Irak and Mesopotamia had not yet altogether subsided.
Merwan, who wanted to march against Irak, was obliged to return to Syria, where he put an end to the troubles.
When thou hast done with the Assassins begin the conquest of Irak.
country name, 1920, from an Arabic name attested since 6c. for the region known in Greek as Mesopotamia; often said to be from Arabic `araqa, covering notions such as "perspiring, deeply rooted, well-watered," which may reflect the impression the lush river-land made on desert Arabs. But the name may be from, or influenced by, Sumerian Uruk (Biblical Erech), anciently a prominent city in what is now southern Iraq (from Sumerian uru "city").
Republic in the Middle East, bordered by the Persian Gulf, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia to the south; Jordan and Syria to the west; Turkey to the north; and Iran to the east. Its capital and largest city is Baghdad.
Note: The ancient civilization of Mesopotamia emerged in the valley between the Euphrates River and Tigris River in what is now Iraq.
Note: Ruled by Saddam Hussein, a dictator who invaded Iran in 1980 and Kuwait in 1990. (See also Persian Gulf War.)