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Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq), also known as Mesopotamia, is a country in Western Asia spanning most of the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range, the eastern part of the Syrian Desert and the northern part of the Arabian Desert.
Iraq shares borders with Jordan to the west, Syria to the northwest, Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, and Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to the south. Iraq has a narrow section of coastline measuring 58 km on the northern Persian Gulf. The capital city, Baghdad, is in the center-east of the country.
Two major rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, run through the centre of Iraq, flowing from north to south. These provide Iraq with agriculturally capable land and contrast with the steppe and desert landscape that covers most of Western Asia.
Historically, Iraq was known in Europe by the Greek eponym 'Mesopotamia'; after the foundation of the Kingdom of Iraq in 1932, it became known by its ancient endonym 'Iraq'. Iraq has been home to continuous successive civilizations since the 6th millennium BC. The region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers is identified as the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of writing and the wheel.
Throughout its long history, Iraq has been the center of the Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Hellenistic, Parthian, Sassanid and Abbasid empires, and part of the Achaemenid, Roman, Rashidun, Umayyad, Mongol, Ottoman and British empires.
Beginning with the invasion in 2003, a multinational coalition of forces, mainly American and British, occupied Iraq.
The occupation ended when sovereignty was transferred to the Iraqi Interim Government June 2004. A new Constitution of Iraq has since been approved by referendum and a new Government of Iraq has been elected. Some dispute whether Iraq is de facto sovereign.
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Iraq History: Ancient Iraq - Islamic Golden Age - Mongol Rule - Ottoman Empire - 20th Century: World War 1
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Iraq Tourism: Baghdad - Kadhimain Shrine - Old Churches and Monasteries, Baghdad
The Latin Church ( The Roman Catholic Church) - The Chaldean Church - The Syrian Catholic Church
The American Catholic Church - Walls and Gates, Baghdad - The Abbasid Palace, Baghdad