Nine years after U.S. troops toppled Saddam Hussein and just a few months after the last U.S. soldier left Iraq, the country has become something close to a failed state. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki presides over a system rife with corruption and brutality, in which political leaders use security forces and militias to repress enemies and intimidate the general population. The law exists as a weapon to be wielded against rivals and to hide the misdeeds of allies. The dream of an Iraq governed by elected leaders answerable to the people is rapidly fading away.
ASIA CULTUREGRAM NOTES, BY: Abbi Evett
1.Climate-average range 48Deg.C . 2.Traditions-neighboring persia. 3. Government-pariliamentary democracy\leaders-Ali Hatem.4. food-grilled\boiled meats. 5.Language-Arabic. 6.Religions-Muslim\Christian.7. Schools-primary\secondary\middle\vocational. 8.Sports-Soccer.9. GDP Per Capita-6,862(2013). 10.Physical features-high peaks of the Zagros Mountains.11. Why Did I Pick This Place? Because we had a war here.12. Why should you visit? YOU SHOULDN'T!
The Iraq War cost 800 billion, more than 4,500 U.S troops were killed, and more than 30,000 were wounded. In all, 1.5 million Americans served. Between 2003 and 2010, aproximately 150,000 Iraqis died, with four out of five of the dead being civilian.