Iraq is a republic in the , north-west of of the Persian Gulf. It borders to the east, to the south, to the southwest, to the west, to the northwest, and to the north.

is a region largely between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the north of .

The are at the cultural and political center of , radiating outward from the center at .

The covers the western and southwestern parts of , spanning an enormous, but barely populated region of desert wasteland.

Kurdistan refers to portions of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, however only the Iraqi region of Kurdistan is discussed here.

, the Cradle of Civilization stretches south of 's to , in the Land between the Rivers, the Euphrates and Tigris.

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