Quiz: Iraq Facts (Beginner)
Which of the following does not border Iraq?
- Iraq is bordered on the east by Iran, on the north by Turkey, on the west by Syria and Jordan, and on the south by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. See Map of Iraq.
What is the capital of Iraq?
- Babylon was an ancient city in the empire of Mesopotamia, which is now part of present-day Iraq. Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, is the most sacred city of Islam.
Which of these countries has Iraq NOT waged war against?
- Iraq has fought wars with both Iran and Kuwait. Between 1980 and 1988, it was involved in a long, bloody war with Iran, and in 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, which led to the Persian Gulf war of 1991.
What is the official language of Iraq?
- Arabic is the official language of Iraq; Kurdish is also spoken in parts of the country.
Who was the president of Iraq from 19792003?
- Saddam Hussein has been president of Iraq since 1979, and Tariq Aziz is Iraq's deputy prime minister. Yasir Arafat is the president of the Palestinian Authority.
What is the major religion of Iraq?
- 97% of Iraqis are Muslim; 3% are Christian and other religions.
During the 1991 Persian Gulf war, who was president of the United States?
- George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush's father, was president during the Persian Gulf war.
What country offered the United States the most support in calling for a war in Iraq?
- Britain's prime minister Tony Blair has supported U.S. president George W. Bush since the U.S. first began calling for a "regime change" in Iraq in 2002.
Which group of Iraqi people has been greatly oppressed by Saddam Hussein's government?
- No Iraqi government has ever supported the rights and looked after the welfare of the Kurdish people. But Saddam Hussein has been especially brutal and ruthless in his treatment of them.
The UN weapons inspectors had been sent to Iraq for what reason?
- After Iraq lost the 1991 Gulf War, it agreed to destroy all its weapons of mass destruction and allow UN inspectors to monitor the disarmament.