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Republic of Iraq
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Location  Middle East
Capital  Baghdad
Area  438,317 sq km
Population  40,194,216
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January

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  • Iraq’s oil exports averaged 3.726 million barrels per day (bpd) in December 2018, a significant increase from the previous month, the Iraqi oil ministry said on 2 January 2019.

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  • Iraq and Iran on 6 January 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in health areas which covers cooperation in food safety, pharmaceutics, healthcare services, medical research and training and construction of medical facilities.

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  • Iraqi U16 Youth Football Team received the Arab Team Award at the 9th Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award ceremony held in Dubai on 10 January 2018.[1]

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  • Hana Ridha of Iraq won the 2017 Future For Nature Award for her fight to keep the spirit of conservation alive and work to protect the natural beauties of Iraq when the cruelties of war have swept so many ideals away.

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  • Iraqi football team secured the fourth place at the 2015 Asian Cup despite losing the third-place playoff match against the UAE 3-2 in Australia with a scintillating performance.[2]

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  • Iraq on 7 February 2015 lifted the nighttime curfew imposed on Baghdad by U.S. troops in 2003, achieving another small milestone in the city’s recent revival.

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  • Celebrated Iraqi musician Naseer Shamma was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on 23 February 2017 in recognition of his commitment to support the musical education of young people in Iraq and beyond, his unfailing efforts to promote the message of peace through his performances and his dedication to the universal ideals and aims of the Organization.[3]

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  • Iraqi Airways resumed flights to Kuwait on 27 February 2013 for the first time since former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 in a sign of improved bilateral ties.

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  • Iraq's national museum was officially reopened on 28 February 2015 in Baghdad, 12 years after it was closed in the aftermath of the US-led invasion of the country.

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  • On 8 March 2004 a new constitution was signed by Iraq's provisional government that was formed after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The constitution intended to provide a framework for cooperation among post-war Iraq and international coalition forces.[4]

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  • More than 60 stolen ancient Iraqi cultural treasures illegally smuggled into the United States were returned on 16 March 2015 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.[5]

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  • Iraqi capital Baghdad was inaugurated as the 2013 Arab Capital of Culture, the latest in a series of steps which officials hope will quicken the pulse of Baghdad’s ailing cultural life. The annual Arab Capital of Culture is an initiative taken by the Arab League under the supervision of U.N. Education, Science and Culture Organization program.[6]

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  • Jannat Al Ghezi of Iraq, takes daily risks to help women throughout Iraq escape violence and even death by offering them shelter, training, protection, and legal services, was honoured with the United States Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 2017.[7]
  • Yezidi activist and gynecologist Dr. Nagham Nawzat Hasan, has dedicated her career to promoting equality for women, combatting gender-based violence, and providing psychological support to survivors, was awarded the 2016 International Women of Courage Award at a ceremony on 29 March 2016 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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April

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  • Archaeologists have unearthed a sprawling complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham, according to an official announcement on 4 April 2013. The structure, thought to be about 4,000 years old, probably served as an administrative center for Ur, around the time Abraham would have lived there before leaving for Canaan, according to the Bible.[8]

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  • A mass five-day polio vaccination campaign was launched in Iraq, Syria and Egypt on 6 April 2014 after health officials reported a suspected polio case in Baghdad last month.[9]

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  • Iraqi civil engineer Azzam Alwash won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, a prize awarded annually to grassroots environmental activists, on 15 April 2013 for his advocacy to restore the Mesopotamian marshlands in his native country.[10]

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  • The UN Economic and Social Council on 19 April 2017 elected Iraq as a member of its Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year terms.[11]

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  • Iraq carried out its first nationwide elections on 20 April 2013 - provincial elections to replace the local councils in the governorates of Iraq that were elected in the Iraqi governorate elections of 2009 - since the U.S. military withdrawal that invaded Iraq in 2003, marking a key test of its stability.

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  • Iraq on 25 April 2018 officially launched the commercial production at its Siba gas field in the southern province of Basra in a joint venture.

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  • Iraqi writer Ahmad Saadawi won the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his novel Frankenstein in Baghdad. Ahmed became the first Iraqi to win the Arab world's most prestigious literary prize.

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  • Iraq's fourth national election since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the first since the US troops withdrew three years ago was held on 30 April 2014.


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  • In the midst of international economic sanctions on Iraq from the United Nations (UN), Iraq and UN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on May 20, 1996 for the revenue from oil sales to be exchanged for humanitarian goods, otherwise known as the Oil-for-Food Programme. It was considered a notable political decision in the right direction.[12]

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June

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  • Iraq and Kuwait on 12 June 2013 signed six agreements and memorandums of understanding following official talks between visiting Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheik Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah and his Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki in Bagdad. The agreements were aimed at improving bilateral ties in the economic, transportation and other sectors.[13]

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  • Erbil Citadel, a tell or occupied mound located in the Kurdistan region of Erbil Governorate in Iraq, was inscribed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s World Heritage List on 21 June 2014. Erbil Citadel is the fourth site from Iraq to be included in the World Heritage List.[14]

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  • Iraq returned to the world oil market, exporting its first crude oil since the US-led invasion in 2003, a step crucial for paying for the country’s reconstruction. On June 22, 2003 Turkish workers began loading one million barrels of Iraqi crude onto the Turkish tanker Ottoman Dignity in a ceremony attended by senior Iraqi, US and Turkish oil officials at Ceyhan, a Mediterranean oil terminal, at the end of a twin pipeline running from Iraq's northern oil fields.[15]

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  • The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed Samarra, a city in Iraq, as a World Heritage Site on June 29, 2007. Samarra is the site of a powerful Islamic capital city that ruled over the provinces of the Abbasid Empire extending from Tunisia to Central Asia for a century.[16]

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  • Ancient city of Babylon in Iraq, situated 85 km south of capital Baghdad, was designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site on 5 July 2019.

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  • Life-size human statues and the remains of an ancient temple dating back some 2,500 years have been discovered in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. The discoveries made by the Iraqi and Dutch researchers were reported on 7 July 2014.[17]

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  • The Iraqi national soccer team, for the first time in its history, had magnificently won the Asian Cup by defeating heavily favored Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final. People in Baghdad and elsewhere exploded with pride as this victory came on 29th July 2007 in the midst of bombings and explosions after United States led invasion of Iraq.[18]

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  • The British Museum on 10 August 2018 returned a collection of eight looted antiquities up to 5,000 years old to Iraq, after identifying the exact temple in southern Iraq they came from.

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  • Iraq’s Safaa Rashid Mohmood Aljumaili won gold in Men's 85kg Weightlifting at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 24 August 2018.

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  • Abdul Wahid Aziz, a weightlifter from Iraq, won the first ever Olympics medal for Iraq in 1960. He won a bronze medal in the lightweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics.[19]

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  • Iraq secured a €430 million loan from France to help reforms, improve public services and boost the performance of its state enterprises as it emerges from the war against Islamic State.[20]

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  • Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an alliance of oil rich countries, was founded in Baghdad, Iraq during a conference between the governments of founding members from 10-14 September, 1960. Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela were the other founding members along with Iraq. Aim of the OPEC has been to facilitate stable oil export.[21]

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  • Kovan Abdulraheem of Iraq won Men's Javelin Throw - F40/41 gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil.

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  • Garrah Tnaiash of Iraq won Men's Shot Put - F40 gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil.

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  • The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 was awarded jointly to Iraqi Yazidi activist Nadia Murad and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.[22]

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  • Educator Zainab Fadhal of Iraq was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.

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  • Iraq on 28 October 2016 was elected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the first time ever for a three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2017. The United Nations body is responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.[23]

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  • Iraqi footballer Ali Adnan Kadhim won the Asian Youth Player of the Year Award on 26 November 2013 presented by the Asian Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur.[24]

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  • UK-based Standard Chartered Bank on 27 November 2013 became the first British bank to open a branch in Iraq since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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  • The Government of Iraq has launched a new national education strategy, Iraq’s first ever national education strategy, in 2012 to improve access to quality education for Iraq’s 33 million citizens. The strategy focuses on a number of components, including providing free and accessible education to children and youth from pre-school to higher education as well as ensuring a high quality education based on global best practices, as reported on 9 December 2012.[25]

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  • Baghdad of Iraq was declared as the member of the 2015 UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the Literature category.[26]

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  • The UN Security Council voted on 15 December 2010 to lift most international sanctions imposed on Iraq during the Saddam Hussein era, though some sanctions relating to trade, investment and conventional weapons have been lifted since 2003.

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  • The last US troops left Iraq on 18 December 2011, nearly nine years after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The only US military presence left in Iraq is for training at the US embassy and for protecting the diplomatic mission.[27]

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References


  1. http://www.asoif.com/news/sheikh-nahyan-and-princess-rima-win-top-honours-9th-edition-mbr-creative-sports-awards
  2. http://www.afcasiancup.com/news/en/3rd4th-placing-iraq-2-3-uae/e2rd75zy204u1oq2mslrmfmcc
  3. http://en.unesco.org/news/celebrated-iraqi-musician-naseer-shamma-named-unesco-artist-peace
  4. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iraq/igc.htm
  5. http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ancient-antiquities-and-saddam-hussein-era-objects-returned-iraq
  6. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/23/baghdad-inaugurated-as-arab-capital-of-culture-for-2013/
  7. https://www.state.gov/s/gwi/iwoc/2017/bio/index.htm
  8. http://news.yahoo.com/ancient-unearthed-iraqi-home-abraham-133308421.html
  9. http://childrenofsyria.info/2014/04/06/first-mass-vaccination-campaigns-start-since-polio-found-in-iraq/
  10. http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/azzam-alwash
  11. https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/ecosoc6824.doc.htm
  12. http://www.un.org/Depts/oip/
  13. http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2316491&Language=en
  14. http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1155
  15. http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/06/22/1056220483248.html
  16. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/276
  17. http://www.livescience.com/46674-remains-of-long-lost-temple-discovered-in-iraq.html
  18. http://www.soccerphile.com/asian-cup/
  19. http://www.olympic.org/en/content/Olympic-Games/All-Past-Olympic-Games/Summer/Rome-1960/
  20. http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/iraq/events/article/iraq-visit-by-jean-yves-le-drian-25-26-08-17
  21. http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/about_us/24.htm
  22. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2018/summary/
  23. http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/ga11848.doc.htm
  24. http://www.the-afc.com/en/events/afc-annual-awards/27299-youth-261113.html
  25. http://www.unicef.org/media/media_66597.html
  26. http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/events/47-cities-join-unesco-creative-cities-network
  27. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16234723