Countries that Have Controlled Mesopotamia

Can you name the nations and empires that have controlled the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers?
Specifically, the region around modern-day Baghdad
Since 911 B.C.
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Last updated: May 7, 2017
First submittedJanuary 25, 2017
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Years
Nation or Empire
911 BC - 612 BC
Neo-Assyrian Empire
620 BC - 539 BC
Neo-Babylonian Empire
539 BC - 330 BC
Achaemenid Empire
330 BC - 141 BC
Seleucid Empire
141 BC - 113 AD
Parthian Empire
113 - 117
Roman Empire
117 - 224
Parthian Empire
244 - 651
Sasanian Empire
651 - 1258
Abbasid Caliphate
Years
Nation or Empire
1258 - 1392
Mongolian Empire / Jalayirid Sultanate
1392 - 1405
Timurid Empire
1405 - 1533
(Black Sheep / White Sheep Turkmen)
1533 - 1918
Ottoman Empire
1918 - 1932
United Kingdom
1932 - 2003
Iraq
2003 - 2011
United States
2011 -
Iraq
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Level ∞
Jan 25, 2017
I filled in the Black Sheep / White Sheep Turkmen because the Wikipedia articles were very sparse about that era of history.
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Level 74
Jan 25, 2017
Did the U.S. really control that area? I'm skeptical.
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Level 64
Jan 27, 2017
Yeah. Quizmaster uses the term "control" rather than own.

In 2003, the United States overthrew the Ba'ath government, and stationed a bunch of troops to retain control of the country until 2011, when they pulled out. Even though the area wasn't American territory, the United States controlled it.

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Level 79
May 7, 2017
He may being questioning whether the US truly "controlled" the area --

as in subdued it -- given that there was a rebellion the entire time their troops were present.

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Level 58
Sep 19, 2017
I'd say we had more control than many of these empires did.
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Level 62
Jan 25, 2017
Yay Babylon... I like Babylon
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Level 79
May 9, 2017
Try living there now. Been a few years since anyone's pulled that off.
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Level 69
Jan 25, 2017
86% of people got the third one!? Hhhmmmmm.

I assume there are a few accepted type ins for that?

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Level 81
Jan 25, 2017
Yeah, like "Persia".
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Level 78
Jan 25, 2017
Yeah there are plenty of type ins it seems. I successfully entered Persia, Arabs, Alexander.
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Level 75
Jan 25, 2017
Great quiz!
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Level 89
Jan 26, 2017
I think between achaemenids and seleucids should be the alexandrian/macedonian empire, Seleucus starts a new different hellenistic kingdom. Same as you have done separating Timur (a mongol) from the mongolian empire.
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Level ∞
Jan 26, 2017
Maybe... In any case Greek, Alexander, Macedon, and Hellenist are all acceptable answers for the Seleucid Empire.
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Level 81
Jan 30, 2017
I see a problem with "Persia". Both Achemenid and Sassanid empires are "persians", so to only give the former is a bit arbitrary.
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Level 71
Feb 16, 2017
Got all except the bottom 3 most answered questions
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Level 65
Apr 14, 2017
Accept "Sasanid" for Sasanian Empire?
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Level 53
Apr 20, 2017
Goddamit I couldn't remember how to spell Parthian for some reason also forgot about the Sasanids! Happy I got the Timurids tho (Thanks EU4)
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Level 61
May 7, 2017
Umayyad Caliphate?
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Level 62
May 20, 2017
I was confused as to why it was not on here
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Level 27
Nov 10, 2017
Umayyad and Rashidun are clubbed with Abbasid. All originated from a Makkan tribe called Quraish.
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Level 81
May 7, 2017
100%. Since 911 BC? What? No love for the Hittites, Assyrians, or Akkadians?
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Level 81
May 7, 2017
Babylonians, Sumerians... very popular region for conquering.
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Level 67
May 8, 2017
Poor Sumerians. :(
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Level 66
May 7, 2017
maybe accept Partian?
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Level 60
May 7, 2017
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it the Umayyad Caliphate that ruled from ~650-750, then the Abbasid Caliphate took over at ~750 (I don't remember the exact date off the top of my head) and ruled until the Mongols toppled it in 1258?
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Level 70
May 7, 2017
The Abbasid Caliphate dates are wrong; you gave the dates of the Arab's control of Iraq since the Islamic conquest until the mongol invasion, while the Abbasids only came onto the scene in 750 AD. Either change the entry to Arab Caliphate or have separate entries for the Rashidun, Umayyad, and Abbasid Caliphates.
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Level 54
May 7, 2017
I got timurid because i played Medival II Total War
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Level 69
May 8, 2017
I got Parthia and Seleucid thanks to the Rome version. :)
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Level 58
May 7, 2017
You should accept "parthia" for the parthian empire
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Level 50
May 7, 2017
No Mamelukes? thought they got that far.
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Level 67
May 8, 2017
I thought so as well, though admittedly, I entered Marmadukes.
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Level 61
May 7, 2017
"Parthia" should be accepted, especially since "alexander" is for "Seleucid" which is a different thing.
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Level ∞
May 7, 2017
Okay
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Level 62
May 7, 2017
Pretty soon you'll have to update this quiz to include the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
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Level 53
May 7, 2017
Umayyad Caliphate?
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Level 63
May 7, 2017
The more I'm here, the less I think I know.
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Level 58
May 7, 2017
Oh, hey, I made some of this style a while ago, they're a lot shorter but maybe some of you would be interested in them too http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/59306/countries-dallas-has-been-in

http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/59306/countries-manila-has-been-in

http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/59306/countries-krakow-has-been-in

http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/59306/countries-cairo-has-been-in

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Level 68
May 8, 2017
Just in case anyone wants to have some fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAMRTGv82Zo
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Level 43
May 8, 2017
replace abbasid caliphate with just caliphate or add more caliphates because Rashidun, Umayyad, Abbasid, Safarid, Seljuk, Fatamid, Ayyubid, and Gaznavids were islamic nations in control of the area from 651 - 1218
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Level ∞
May 10, 2017
Caliphate is an accepted type-in
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Level 55
May 9, 2017
"Ilkhanate" should be accepted for Mongol. This is the name of the khanate that took over that region after the splitting up of the Mongol empire in four.
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Level 55
May 11, 2017
Why no Rashidun Caliphate?
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Level 66
Jul 27, 2017
Can you accept Ilkhante for the Mongols/Jalayarids and not fill in the Black Sheep/White Sheep Turkmen? Their respective names are Qara Qoyunlu and Aq Qoyunlu if I'm not mistaken, and I believe that quite a few people should be able to get them right :)
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Level 53
Oct 17, 2017
Im pretty sure Akkadian Empire controlled Mesopotamia
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Level 42
Nov 5, 2017
Question, Syria, Iran, and Turkey own some land on Mesopotamia
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Level 27
Nov 10, 2017
I was pretty proud that i answered all but one., until i realized i missed the obvious, timurid.
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Level 65
Mar 13, 2018
I think if you take into account the brief period that Trajan held mesopotamia as a roman province, You should also differentiate between Caliphates such as Reshidun & Umayyad or Alexander and Seleucids. Furthermore it would have been better if you included Akkadians, Sumerians, Safavids and Afsharid in order to make this quiz more accurate because they held mesopotamia for a considerably longer period of time than Trajan did!!!
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Level 81
Nov 29, 2018
Surprised not to see the Byzantine Empire on here. They got close, though!
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Level 66
May 23, 2020
also Savafid and Afhsarid Turks ruled too and Sumer turks and akkadians
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Level 49
Jun 18, 2020
I think it should be Mongol Empire not Mongolian Empire
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Level 42
Jun 29, 2020
'HEYYYY...', said the Parthians, taking over the entire place