Iraq

Ella Kim, 4R

Culture

Iraq is a beautiful country built on a long history rich in culture. The traditional Iraq cuisine consists of rice with soup and sauces, served with lamb and vegetables. Traditionally, holidays are celebrated by sacrificing a lamb or goat, but in modern-day, these celebrations are kept to a minimum.

Economy

In the past, Iraq's economy depended on agriculture. In the 1970's, the economy skyrocketed when oil production was popularized. However today, its economy is struggling. After the Persian Gulf War, Iraq was left in a position in which it cannot trade with any countries. The two biggest industries that Iraq is widely known for is oil production and agriculture.

History

  • Iraq's development began in Mesopotamia, otherwise known as the "Land between rivers"
  • The first Islamic Civil war struck in 656-661 AD, with the second following closely behind at 683-685 AD
  • 1927 is the beginning of the oil production, when it was discovered north of Kirkuk
  • Kuwait is claimed as part of Iraq in the year 1961
  • In 1998, Iraq cancels cooperation with the UN's special Commission, and also terminate trade with foreign countries as a result.

Government

The Islamic government is not one which can be compared to others in modern-day. It works in a constitutional sense, where those who rule the country must abide by a certain set of rules and conditions.

Geography

Iraq is located in the middle east, bordered by Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey. It sits between 33° N and 44° E. The capitol of the country is Baghdad, which has a population of about 30,400,000 people. Some of the biggest cities in Iraq, not including Baghdad are Basra, Mosul, Erib, and Najaf. Iraq is very diverse geographically. It has four regions: The desert, Upper Mesopotamia, the Northern Highlands of Iraqi Kurdistan, and lower Mesopotamia. The climate of Iraq is subtropical, which is influenced mainly by the desert areas and the humidity of the Persian Gulf.