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Lauterbach KevinHistory Period 4January 7 1996Iraq A Country on the RiseIraq is a country that is on the rise After being crushed by allied troops for theirinvasion of Kuwait they have begun the slow rebuilding process In this report I willdiscuss the basic geographic features of Iraq and other various important features such asmineral wealth vegetation ectIraqs total area is 271128 square miles just slightly more than twice the size ofIdaho Its capital Baghdad is located at 3320 north longitude 4424 east latitude Itsboundaries are 2222 miles long With 906 miles bordering Iran 83 miles borderingJordan 149 miles bordering Kuwait 502 miles bordering Saudi Arabia 376 milesbordering Turkey and a coastline 36 miles long The terrain in Iraq is mostly broadplains with reedy marshes in the southeast mountains along toe borders with Iran andTurkeyThe Climate in Iraq is most desert with mild to cool winters and dry hotcloudless summers The northernmost regions along Iranian and Turkish bordersexperience cold winters and occasional heavy snows Iraq has few natural resourcesconsisting of Crude oil natural gas various phosphates and sulfur Their maritimeocean clams are just the continental shelf on their coastline and twelve nautical milesbeyond thatIraq and Iran have just recently restored diplomatic relations in the year 1990 butare still trying to work out written agreements settling their disputes from their eight-yearwar concerning definite borders prisoners-of-war and freedom of navigation andsovereignty over the Shatt-al-Arab waterway In April of 1991 Iraq officially acceptedthe UN Security Councils Resolution 687 which states that Iraq accepts the boundariesthat were set in its 1963 agreement with Kuwait and ending all claims to the Bubiyanand Warbah Islands and all claims to Kuwait On June 17 1992 the UN Securitycouncil reaffirmed the finality of the Boundary Demarcation Commissions decisions Disputes also occur with Syria about water rights on the Euphrates and a potentialdispute with Turkey for the Tigris and Euphrates river Iraq has some environmental problems consisting of air and water pollution soildegradation caused by
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