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The End of Iraq

How American Incompetence Created a War Without End

by Peter W. Galbraith

The End of Iraq
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    Jul 2006, 272 pages
    Jun 2007, 288 pages

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A Short History of Iraq (map showing Kurdish and Shia areas)
The Republic of Iraq (about the size of California) spans the lands of ancient Mesopotamia, (between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers), the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range and parts of the Syrian Desert.  Mesopotamia was home to the world's first known civilization, the Sumerians, who were followed by the Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians.  Between them they were responsible for the earliest known writing, establishing mathematical principles and laws, developing irrigation techniques, the wheel and much else.  For four centuries from the 6th century BC the Neo-Babylonian Empire was incorporated into the Persian Empire, then it fell under Greek rule for a ...

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