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"We're going to paradise, gentlemen. The land of sun and sand."Iraq is a southwest Asian country bordering Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan and Kuwait. Historically, the region has been known as Mesopotamia, and is the site of the world's oldest civilization, Sumer. Nowadays, the country is a constitutional electoral Islamic republic on its way to securing its territory. Iraq has long been one of the centers of Arabic-language culture, and Arab identity is fairly heavily ingrained among the Arabic-speaking community (to the point where Iraq was the only country not to border Israel to participate in all three Arab-Israeli Wars (1948, 1967, and 1973). The joke in Arab high culture is that Egypt writes, Lebanon publishes, and Iraq reads. Not to be confused with Qurac, though it is often portrayed in this manner in media. Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Mitannis, Assyrians and Chaldeans, Oh My! Iraq under the Persian Empire The Islamization of Iraq Iraq under the Ottomans and Mamelukes Brits, Kings and an Iraqi Republic The Saddam Regime Iran Iraq War For more information on Iraq's recent history, see The War on Terror.
Iraq and its inhabitants in fiction
The flag employs the red, white, black, and green Pan-Arab colors. At the center is "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Great").