Country briefing: Iraq

News reports and articles 

Latest news about Iraq 
A compilation from multiple sources

Brian Whitaker's blog posts and other articles about Iraq

Online news sources for Iraq


Basic information

CIA World Factbook
The geography, people, government and economy of Iraq

BBC Country profile 
Essential facts, plus politics, media and key dates in Iraq's history

Local time

Local weather

Maps of Iraq 
(University of Texas)

Currency converter 
Iraqi dinar (IQD)

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music 

More about the Iraqi flag


History and politics

Iraq timeline
Chronology of key events in Iraq since 1920 (from the BBC)

Constitutional background 

Text of constitution 

Commentary on Iraq's constitution 
US Commission on International Religious Freedom, 2006

Draft constitution (2005)

Interim constitution 
Signed 8 March, 2004. Full text in English

Text of previous constitution (1990)

Constitutional information 
Law Library of Congress

List of government ministers (CIA)

Rulers of Iraq
1921-2003

Governing Council
The temporary body established 13 July, 2003.

First post-Saddam cabinet 
Ministers appointed on 1 September, 2003

Political groups in Iraq
Parties and personalities who opposed Saddam Hussein

International Crisis Group 
Recent reports on Iraq

Documents 
Historical and political texts relating to Iraq


Economy

World Bank: Iraq 
Comprehensive economic data

Iraq and the IMF

Water and agriculture in Iraq
FAO country profile


Iraq: further reading

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror
by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, 2015. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy
by Zaid Al-Ali, 2014. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq
by Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

A History of Iraq
by Charles Tripp, 2007. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Ancient Iraq (Penguin History)
by Georges Roux, 1992. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The war we could not stop
Randeep Ramesh (ed), 2003
Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk