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  • Capital:Baghdad
  • Population:33.42 million (World Bank, 2013)
  • Languages:Arabic (official), Kurdish (official), Turkmen (a Turkish dialect), and Assyrian (Neo-Aramaic)
  • Head of State:Fuad Masum

Kurdish quagmire gets murky

Kurds will not give up their dream of an independent state, but now a settlement should be reached in the interest of all sections of Iraqi society....