Ketegangan memuncak di rantau itu, selepas Donald Trump memutuskan untuk menamatkan pengecualian sekatan terhadap negara yang mengimport minyak dari Iran.
Iraq is one of the hottest countries on earth but when heavy rains do hit they can result in casualties and widespread damage because of deteriorating public infrastructure.
Legend has it that while on the Crusades, the Knights Templar visited, or heard about the famed city of Baghdad with its bustling souks.
Israel has repeatedly launched attacks in Syria to prevent any entrenchment of Iranian forces helping Damascus in the war.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December, dislodging the group from all the territory it held after its self-proclaimed caliphate, which also encompassed part of Syria, collapsed in 2017.
With its dream of a Caliphate in the Middle East now dead, Islamic State has switched to hit-and-run attacks aimed at undermining the government in Baghdad.
Book sales in Iraq have been declining, much to the dismay of many a book seller.
The militants set up a fake checkpoint on the main road near Himreen and pulled out the 10 policemen from two civilian cars.