Iraq and the United States: A Brief Sketch

  • Carl Mirra
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


Iraq is located in the Middle East and shares its Eastern border with Iran. Kuwait sits at Iraq’s southern border, while Saudi Arabia is located immediately to the west of Iraq. As can be imagined, Iraq has a dry, desert climate. However, in the north it is mountainous and experiences cold winters. A sergeant whom I interviewed encountered a hailstorm while in the north: “Hail came down all over the place. I mean ice covered sand in Iraq!” The country is roughly 4,300,000 square kilometers, slightly larger than the U.S. state of California. It is estimated that some 26 million people lived in Iraq in 2007 with concentrated populations in the capital city of Baghdad. Most Iraqis are Muslim; however there is significant tension between Shiite and Sunni Muslims as well as the ethnic Kurds who reside in the north.


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