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The extent to which the increased violence created fissures between Iraq’s three principal components, Shi’a, Sunni and Kurd was difficult to assess. The most visible manifestation was the division of once homogenous areas into Shi’a and Sunni sectors. The Kurds have certainly been no slouches in securing their areas, and especially the oilfields, by precautionary troop movements. Many Kurds saw the unrest as an opportunity as much as a threat; Iraqi Kurdistan, where peace reigns and oil revenues have generated a prosperity unmatched in the region, turning the Kurdish capital Erbil into a fashionable Middle East destination to rival Beirut.

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Key Facts

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Key Facts
Official name: Al Jumhouriya al Iraqia (The Republic of Iraq)
Head of State: President Faud Masum (from 24 July 2014).
Head of government: Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki (Dawa) (from 2006; re-elected 11 Nov 2010 and 30 April 2014).
Ruling party: National Alliance coalition, led by Al Iraqiya (Iraqi National Movement), with I'tilaf Dawlat al Qanon (State of Law Coalition) and Al Ittilaf al Watani al Iraqi (National Iraqi Alliance) (known as Watani List) (from 14 Jun 2010)
Area: 434,924 square km
Population: 35.87 million (2014)*
Capital: Baghdad
Official language: Arabic and Kurdish
Currency: New Iraqi dinar (ID) 1,000 fils
Exchange rate: ID1,188.00 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$6,165 (2014)*
GDP real growth: -2.40% (2014)
GDP: US$221.13 billion (2014)
Labour force: 7.54 million (2011)
Unemployment: 27.50% (Average figure, does not include underemployment)
Inflation: 2.24% (2014)
Oil production: 3.29 million bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 1.30 billion cum (2014)
* estimated figure


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