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
Times taken13,800
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Capital city
Baghdad
Country invaded by Iraq in 1990
Kuwait
Official languages
Arabic
Kurdish
Most populous city in Southern Iraq
Basra
Ocean gulf that Iraq borders
Persian Gulf
Two main rivers
Tigris
Euphrates
Ancient name for the region between these two rivers
Mesopotamia
"Caliphate" that operated in Iraq in the 2010s but is mostly defeated now
ISIS
Dictator of Iraq, 1979-2003
Saddam Hussein
Political party of the above
Ba'ath
Iraq fought a bloody war against this country from 1980-88
Iran
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
Babylon
King of the above city; His code of laws called for "an eye for an eye"
Hammurabi
This legendary sailor of the seven seas was said to live in Iraq
Sinbad
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
Abraham
Name of Iraq's currency
Iraqi Dinar
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Level 77
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
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Level 61
Mar 31, 2017
I was expecting a question on Nebuchadnezzar.
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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.
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2017
Also allow "akhbar"? A google search on that spelling variant throws up lots of answers.
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Level ∞
Jan 25, 2017
Okay
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Level 70
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.
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Level 66
Mar 31, 2017
I'd like to upvote this comment - then I realized this isn't Reddit or Imgur lol
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Level 80
Apr 2, 2017
I was told it means "god news" if pronounced incorrectly.
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Level 70
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.
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Level 50
Aug 6, 2020
@larrylevine Fear No More! You can upvote comments now.
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Level 83
Aug 6, 2020
Well, maybe not "upvote" necessarily, but giving a comment a like. But same thing, really.
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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!"
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Level 50
Aug 7, 2020
I guess I should have tried Persian instead of Farsi lol
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Level 67
Mar 31, 2017
For the sailor you should probably also mention his work in Necessary Roughness.
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Level 75
Mar 31, 2017
That comment just happened! Yes!
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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
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Level 60
Aug 6, 2020
I don't think so. Either learn to pronounce Arabic or just live with it. Why should wrong answers be accepted?
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Level 64
Aug 6, 2020
Well, according to @HatemAli above “Allahu Akbar” isn’t correct either.
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Level 37
Apr 1, 2018
Excellent quiz! - Always misspell Mesopotamia as Mesopotania; don;t know why..
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Level 81
Jan 31, 2019
Probably because a lot more countries/regions end in "-ania" than "-amia."
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Level 78
Aug 7, 2020
John Stewart used to spell it "mess o' potamia".
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Level 79
Apr 29, 2018
Might want to update the quiz. Happily I think ISIS has been kicked out of Iraq.
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Level ∞
May 16, 2020
Done.
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Level 47
Jul 26, 2018
easy
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Level 55
Aug 26, 2020
Like Sunday morning.
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Level 60
Aug 6, 2020
How about another quiz without the usual war stuff?
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Level 55
Aug 26, 2020
Yeah it's kinda sad, but it's also all most people know Iraq for these days. Which is very very sad.
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Level 48
Aug 6, 2020
Could "Abram" possibly be allowed as a type-in for "Abraham"? Of course anyone who knows the former will know the latter, and I managed to type the more common version after a brain stutter, but seeing "Ur" got me stuck on the older name for second.
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Level 59
Aug 6, 2020
Got the top 10 and that's it. No points. Need to study more about Iraq.
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Level 58
Aug 6, 2020
Will you please accept Ibrahim for Abraham?
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Level 80
Aug 7, 2020
this is the common Arabic spelling, if QM is unaware.
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Level 54
Aug 10, 2020
Was just about to comment this. Feels odd that for the country quiz of a country that speaks Arabic the Arabic pronunciation of one of the answers isn't accepted
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Level 55
Aug 26, 2020
Easy 100%... of course I am Iraqi though.
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Level 40
Sep 14, 2020
"Arab Gulf" really should be accepted in place of "Persian Gulf" on this and similar quizzes.