Iraq Country Quiz

Try to guess these facts about the country of Iraq.
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Last updated: May 16, 2020
First submittedJanuary 24, 2017
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Capital city
Country invaded by Iraq in 1990
Official languages
Most populous city in Southern Iraq
Ocean gulf that Iraq borders
Persian Gulf
Two main rivers
Ancient name for the region between these two rivers
"Caliphate" that operated in Iraq in the 2010s but is mostly defeated now
Dictator of Iraq, 1979-2003
Saddam Hussein
Political party of the above
Iraq fought a bloody war against this country from 1980-88
These foreign invaders sacked the capital city in 1258 AD, ending the Islamic Golden Age
The Mongols
Ancient capital where the Great Ziggurat was located
King of the above city; His code of laws called for "an eye for an eye"
This legendary sailor of the seven seas was said to live in Iraq
Former U.S. prison where detainees were abused
Abu Ghraib
These two words, meaning "God is the Greatest" are written on the flag
Allahu Akbar
This Biblical patriarch was born in the city of Ur
Name of Iraq's currency
Iraqi Dinar
Level 76
Jan 24, 2017
Quite easy. Just basic info and stuff that got lots of media attention. It's ok but a second part would be nice, with some less well known stuff. E.g. Najaf and Karbala as holy places, Asian cup victory during the war
Level 60
Mar 31, 2017
I was expecting a question on Nebuchadnezzar.
Level 75
Mar 31, 2017
I tried that first for the Babylon king clue, but then saw the part about the eye for an eye and got the correct answer.
Level 74
Jan 24, 2017
Also allow "akhbar"? A google search on that spelling variant throws up lots of answers.
Level ∞
Jan 25, 2017
Level 68
Mar 31, 2017
Its really annoying that there's no universally standard method to transliterate Arabic into English. By most conventions though, when we use 'kh' together in a word it stands for the letter خ or "Khaa", which sounds like the noise you make when gathering up phlegm before spitting (seriously) and has no equivalent in English. Its not the same as "Kaf" which is your normal 'K' sound. So I dont know how that spelling of Allahu Akbar came about, but if we use the usual convention then Allahu Akhbar could be translated as 'God knows more' or 'God knows best'. So it becomes a completely different phrase.
Level 66
Mar 31, 2017
I'd like to upvote this comment - then I realized this isn't Reddit or Imgur lol
Level 79
Apr 2, 2017
I was told it means "god news" if pronounced incorrectly.
Level 68
Apr 22, 2017
@kalbahamut Yeah it can mean that too, if the second 'a' in Akhbar is stressed, i.e. if it is a long vowel rather than a short one. The short vowel is like the 'a' in 'mustard', but the long vowel is like the 'a' in 'car'. Again, having no standard transliteration symbology means It's hard to distinguish between them in English without any context.
Level 61
Jan 24, 2017
I couldn't figure the second official language other than Arabic, I tried Persian, Boom! Persian Gulf pops up. Couldn't figure out what country Iraq had a war with, tries Is, for Israel, Boom! ISIS pops up. I'm thinking, "Man I am great at this quiz!"
Level 65
Jan 27, 2017
I was typing in an answer for the motto on the flag. I typed "allahu akhbar" and BOOM!
Level 53
Mar 31, 2017
Brilliant comment is brilliant
Level 73
Apr 5, 2017
It's not. It's very inappropriate, that's what it is.
Level 71
Mar 31, 2017
Sindbad should also be accepted since it is a widely used spelling. The great ZIggurat of Ur should be acceptable too.
Level 55
Mar 31, 2017
I typed in Simbad so many times
Level 67
Mar 31, 2017
For the sailor you should probably also mention his work in Necessary Roughness.
Level 75
Mar 31, 2017
That comment just happened! Yes!
Level 72
Feb 27, 2018
Good quiz! A few variations on the spelling of Allahu akbar would be nice. I tried Allahu akbah and from there every variation I could think of except the right one with an R at the end
Level 38
Apr 1, 2018
Excellent quiz! - Always misspell Mesopotamia as Mesopotania; don;t know why..
Level 81
Jan 31, 2019
Probably because a lot more countries/regions end in "-ania" than "-amia."
Level 78
Apr 29, 2018
Might want to update the quiz. Happily I think ISIS has been kicked out of Iraq.
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May 16, 2020
Level 47
Jul 26, 2018