Iraq: A Country on the Rise

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Iraq is a country that is on the rise. After being crushed by allied troops for their

invasion of Kuwait, they have begun the slow rebuilding process. In this report, I will

discuss the basic geographic features of Iraq, and other various important features such as

mineral wealth, vegetation, ect.

Iraq's total area is 271,128 square miles (just slightly more than twice the size of

Idaho). It's capital, Baghdad, is located at 33.20 north longitude, 44.24 east latitude. It's

boundaries are 2,222 miles long. With 906 miles bordering Iran, 83 miles bordering

Jordan, 149 miles bordering Kuwait, 502 miles bordering Saudi Arabia, 376 miles

bordering Turkey, and a coastline 36 miles long. The terrain in Iraq is mostly broad

plains, with reedy marshes in the southeast, mountains along toe borders with Iran and


The Climate in Iraq is most desert, with mild to cool winters and dry, hot

cloudless summers.

The northernmost regions along Iranian and Turkish borders

experience cold winters and occasional heavy snows. Iraq has few natural resources,

consisting of Crude oil, natural gas, various phosphates, and sulfur. Their maritime

(ocean) clams are just the continental shelf on their coastline, and twelve nautical miles

beyond that.

Iraq and Iran have just recently restored diplomatic relations in the year 1990, but

are still trying to work out written agreements settling their disputes from their eight-year

war concerning definite borders, prisoners-of-war, and freedom of navigation and

sovereignty over the Shatt-al-Arab waterway. In April of 1991, Iraq officially accepted

the UN Security Council's Resolution 687, which states that Iraq accepts the boundaries

that were set in it's 1963 agreement with Kuwait, and ending all claims to the Bubiyan

and Warbah Islands, and all claims to Kuwait. On June 17, 1992, the UN Security

council reaffirmed the finality of the Boundary...