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Iraq History Timeline

Iraq's Information

Flag of Iraq
Land Area 437,367 km2
Water Area 950 km2
Total Area 438,317km2 (#58)
Population 38,146,025 (#36)
Population Density 87.22/km2
Government Type Federal Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $597.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $16,500
Currency Dinar (IQD)
Largest Cities
  • (2012) Shia Muslims targeted by waves of bombings
  • (2012) Arab League summit met in Baghdad, the first major summit to be held since fall of Saddam Hussein
  • (2012) Arguments between central government and foreign firms over contracts halted oil exports
  • (2012) Iraq canceled $4.2 billion agreement with Russia for the purchase of arms due to concerns of Iraqi government alleged corruption
  • (2012) President Talabani suffered stroke, received treatment in Germany
  • (2012) Sunni Muslims held mass protests against Shia-led government across the country
  • (2013) Sunni anti-government camp near Kirkuk stormed by troops, 50 killed
  • (2013) Violence intensified, became a full-blown country-wide sectarian war zone
  • (2013) Nearly 500 senior al-Qaeda members escaped from jails in Taji and Abu Ghraib
  • (2013) Mass killing of Iranian exiles took place at Camp Ashraf
  • (2013) Kurdistan Democratic Party won regional parliamentary elections in Iraqi Kurdistan
  • (2013) Kurdistan capital, Irbil, hit with series of bombings
  • (2013) 35 people were killed in twin church bombings in Baghdad on Christmas Day
  • (2013) United Nations said 2013 was deadliest year in Iraq since 2008 with nearly 8,000 killed
  • (2014) Sunni militants, aligned with Al Qaeda, set fire to police stations, freed prisoners from jail, occupied mosques in Falluja and Ramadi, declared Falluja to be new independent state
  • (2014) Militants staged car bombings in Baghdad, killed truck drivers, detonated explosive at funeral tent in a village, 64 people killed
  • (2014) Shiite cleric, Moktada al-Sadr, one of Iraq's most powerful leaders, announced his withdrawal from politics
  • (2014) More than 400,000 people displaced by violence in Anbar Province
  • (2014) Iraqi security forces thwarted attack by al-Qaeda group on Yusufiya military base, 40 gunmen killed
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

Iraq Trivia

What is the Largest Ethnic Group in Iraq?

Arabs comprise the majority of Iraq's demography, while Kurds are the largest minority.

Largest Ethnic Groups In Iraq

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