The Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia, bordering Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Jordan. It's home to 36 million mainly Muslim people.
After the US-led invasion in 2003 - based on the later to be refuted claim that Iraq had not abandoned its program of weapons of mass destruction - US troops finally withdrew from the country in 2011. Sunnis and Shiites continue to fight each other, causing violence and unrest. This page is an automatic compilation of DW content.
Germans have been supporting Kurdish militias on the ground in their fight against IS. The opposition politician who requested the official numbers has blasted the government for how it has treated these fighters.
Destroyed homes, columns of smoke, fleeing people: Looking at pictures like these of the war in Iraq, it is easy to forget that a peaceful everyday life once existed. One last remnant of that was Mosul zoo - now the animals have been evacuated to safety. The situation for thousands of people remains critical, however.