Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A country of southwest Asia. Site of a number of ancient Mesopotamian civilizations, including Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, and Babylonia, the region fell to Cyrus the Great of Persia (6th century B.C.), Alexander the Great (4th century B.C.), Arabs (7th century), and later to the Ottoman Turks (16th century). It was established as an independent kingdom in 1921 and became a republic after the assassination (1958) of Faisal II. Baghdad is the capital and largest city. Population: 27,500,000.

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  • proper n. Country in Mesopotamia that borders on Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. Official name: Republic of Iraq.

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  • n. a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq

Etymologies

Possibly from Sumerian “Uruk” or “Warka” (Biblical “Erech”) region in the south of ancient Iraq. Medieval Arabic uses ‘Iraq’ as a geographical term for the area in the south and center of the modern Iraq. Some Arabic sources say that Iraq comes from عريق (ʕaríːq, "deep-rooted"), from عرق (ʕirq, "root"), while others say it is from Middle Persian's erāq ("lowlands"), due to historic rule from Iraq's plateau-situated neighbor, Persia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • FALLUJAH, IRAQ -- The remnants of the U.S. occupation of Iraq are being sold to the highest bidders in yard sales across the country.

    U.S. military's castoffs become sought-after items at yard sales across Iraq

  • AL-AHDAB OIL FIELD, IRAQ -- China didn't take part in the U. S.-led invasion of Iraq or the bloody military battles that followed.

    Risk-tolerant China investing heavily in Iraq as U.S. companies hold back

  • IN SHALAMCHE, IRAQ Along this dusty border crossing that links Iraq with erstwhile enemy Iran, there is growing evidence that it is Iran that holds the upper hand at the twilight of the U.S. military mission here.

    Anxiety along Iraq's border with Iran

  • Some Guy made a comment about research for "reanimating the dead" and brought the casualties of iraq into it .... those that died in Iraq died doing something they believed in and were proud to do so.

    StrategyPage.com

  • | Reply | Permalink putting aside what "winning" in iraq and what "losing" in Iraq mean as its unclear to me what a "win" at this point would be - john mccain doesn't have a plan to win the war all he has is a plan for STAYING for 100 years even tho the iraqis want us out now.

    McCain Campaign: Obama, Dems Want To Lose In Iraq Because It Helps Them Politically

  • Promoted to Headline (H3) on 11/20/09: IRAQ MASH yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'IRAQ MASH'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: I had to read a lot of books about the current war and occupation in Iraq before I found one that\'s laugh out-loud hilarious.'

    IRAQ MASH

  • So ... after 2002, 2004, and 2007 inconsistent statements of war in iraq (which ok for John Kerry to vote War In Iraq and run for President in 2004 but not for Hillary in 2008), NAFTA backdoor agreement, and then this, is there anything else we will find out?

    What Experience? Obama To Aggressively Engage Hillary's Claim To Foreign Policy Readiness

  • | Reply | Permalink the iraq war was approved on grounds of WMD, afghanistan was invaded cause of al qaeda .. regime change had zero to do with invading Iraq, it was just one of many bush excuses after the fact.

    Obama's Full Terrorism Speech: Sharpens Contrast With Hillary On Foreign Policy

  • Promoted to Headline (H3) on 3/20/09: IRAQ: SIX LONG YEARS OF DECEPTION yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'IRAQ: SIX LONG YEARS OF DECEPTION'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: Sixth anniversary of the war in Iraq.'

    IRAQ: SIX LONG YEARS OF DECEPTION

  • I'm sure they made billions off of iraq and still are And if we didn't want to go to war because there were no facts to take us to Iraq then make bush sr and jr pay for it they got it we don't. greg

    Sound Off: Afghanistan war tax?

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