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5 Facts about Iraq

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1. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was initially called “Operation Iraqi Liberation”, but was quickly changed to “Operation Iraqi Freedom” due to the acronym spelling out “OIL”

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2. A soldier in Iraq was found dead in her tent in 2005. The autopsy report and photographs revealed a broken nose, black eye, loose teeth, burns from a corrosive chemical on her genitals, and a gunshot wound to the head. Her death was ruled a suicide

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3. The Chambarakat Dam in Mosul, Iraq is listed as the most dangerous dam in the world due to being built on an unstable base of gypsum (the same mineral used in drywall). If it should fail, it would ultimately put Baghdad under 15 ft of water with a death toll of 500,000

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4. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein published a best-selling romance novel that spawned a twenty-episode TV series and a stage musical

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5. In the 90’s, a major testimony about horrific acts committed by Iraqi troops, including infanticide, was fabricated in order to gain support for the first Gulf War

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