- a republic in SW Asia, N of Saudi Arabia and W of Iran, centering in the Tigris-Euphrates basin of Mesopotamia. 172,000 sq. mi. (445,480 sq. km). Capital: Baghdad.
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Iraq may have been an irregular fight, but it had major moments.
The American military may have launched hundreds of airstrikes on Iraq and Syria.
Officials have said the war to reclaim upward of a third of Iraq and a quarter of Syria from ISIS could take years.
The account goes some way in showing just how present the Quds and other forces are in Iraq at this point in time.
“Under Suleimani several military branches have taken shape [in Iraq] which are run by Iran and the Iranian military,” he said.
"Just one more rotten thing this country's done to Iraq," I said.Little Brother
But the world has to wonder what the dictator of Iraq is thinking.
We do not seek the destruction of Iraq, its culture or its people.
Some critics have said our duties in Iraq must be internationalized.
Some in this chamber, and in our country, did not support the liberation of Iraq.
- a republic in SW Asia, on the Persian Gulf: coextensive with ancient Mesopotamia; became a British mandate in 1920, independent in 1932, and a republic in 1958. The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait (1990) led to their defeat in the first Gulf War (1991) by US-led UN forces. The second Gulf War (2003) took place when Iraq was invaded by a coalition of US, UK and other forces; government elected in 2005, although there is continuing violence and resistance to the coalition presence; the last coalition troops left the country in 2011. Iraq consists chiefly of the mountains of Kurdistan in the northeast, part of the Syrian Desert, and the lower basin of the Rivers Tigris and Euphrates. Oil is the major export. Official language: Arabic; Kurdish is official in the Kurdish Autonomous Region only. Official religion: Muslim. Currency: dinar. Capital: Baghdad. Pop: 31 858 481 (2013 est). Area: 438 446 sq km (169 284 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for iraq
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").