Iraq, a triangle of mountains, desert, and fertile river valley, is bounded on the east by Iran, on the north by Turkey, on the west by Syria and Jordan, and on the south by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. It is twice the size of Idaho. The country has arid desert land west of the Euphrates, a broad central valley between the Euphrates and the Tigris, and mountains in the northeast.

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  • Zakho (Kurdish: زاخۆ ,Zaxo, Syriac: ܙܵܟ݂ܘܿ, romanized: Zākhō, Armenian: Զախո, Arabic: زاخو) is a city in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, at the centre of the eponymous Zakho District of the Dohuk Governorate, located a few kilometers from the Iraq–Turkey border The population of the town rose from about 30,000 in 1950 to 350,000 to 1992 due to Kurds fleeing other areas of the countryThe original settlement may have been on a small island in the Little Khabur river, which flows through the modern city

  • Tikrit (Arabic: تِكْرِيت Tikrīt [ˈtɪkriːt], Syriac: ܬܲܓܪܝܼܬܼ Tagrīṯ) is a city in Iraq, located 140 kilometres (87 mi) northwest of Baghdad and 220 kilometres (140 mi) southeast of Mosul on the Tigris River It is the administrative center of the Saladin Governorate As of 2012, it had a population of approximately 160,000

  • Sinjar (Arabic: سنجار, romanized: Sinjār; Kurdish: شنگال ,Şingal, Syriac: ܫܝܓܪ, romanized: Shingar) is a town in the Sinjar District of the Nineveh Governorate in northern Iraq It is located about five kilometers south of the Sinjar Mountains Its population in 2013 was estimated at 88,023, and is predominantly Yazidi

  • Mosul (Arabic: الموصل, romanized: al-Mawṣil, Kurdish: مووسڵ, romanized: Mûsil, Turkish: Musul, Syriac: ܡܘܨܠ, romanized: Māwṣil) is a major city in northern Iraq, serving as the capital of Nineveh Governorate Approximately 400 km (250 mi) north of Baghdad, Mosul lies on the Tigris river The Mosul metropolitan area has grown from the old city on the western side to encompass substantial areas on both the "Left Bank" (east side) and the "Right Bank" (west side), as locals call the two riverbanks

  • Kirkuk (Arabic: كركوك, Kurdish: کەرکووک, romanized: Kerkûk, Syriac: ܟܪܟܘܟ, romanized: Kerkouk, Turkish: Kerkük) is a city in Iraq, serving as the capital of the Kirkuk Governorate, located 238 kilometres (148 miles) north of Baghdad The city is home to a diverse population of Turkmens, Arabs and Kurds Kirkuk sits on the ruins of the original Kirkuk Citadel which sits near the Khasa River

  • Karbala or Kerbala (Arabic: كَرْبَلَاء, romanized: Karbalāʾ [karbaˈlaːʔ], KAR-bə-lə, also US: KAR-bə-LAH;) is a city in central Iraq, located about 100 km (62 mi) southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh, also known as Razzaza Lake Karbala is the capital of Karbala Governorate, and has an estimated population of 700,000 people (2015) The city, best known as the location of the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE, or the shrines of Imam Husayn and Abbas, is considered a holy city for Shia Muslims, in the same way as Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem

  • Duhok (Kurdish: دهۆک, romanized: Dihok, Arabic: دهوك, romanized: Dahūk, Syriac: ܒܝܬ ܢܘܗܕܪܐ, romanized: Beth Nohadra) is the capital city of Duhok Governorate, Kurdistan Region in Iraq

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