Special Sub-Topic: Iraq and the Middle East
|Name the two famous historical rivers that flow through the middle of Iraq where the ancient Mesopotamian and Sumerian cultures once thrived?|
Tigris & Euphrates. The Sumerians were the first to develop a city-state government and
and phonetic writing.
|Iraq shares most of its border with what country?|
Iran. Most of Iran's border with Iraq winds through mountains, whereas the border with Saudi Arabia lies linear through deserts.
|Which of these Middle East countries does not border Iraq?|
Qatar. Qatar is a peninsula off of Saudi Arabia some 350 miles south of Iraq in the Persian Gulf.
|Does Iraq border the Persian Gulf?|
Yes. About a 30 mile strip lies west of the Tigris river delta between the borders of Kuwait and Iran.
|Which geographical neighbor did Iraq invade in 1990?|
Kuwait. Kuwait lies between Iraq and the Persian Gulf. Iraq would like to have more access to the sea.
|Baghdad, the capital, is the largest city in Iraq. What is the country's main port?|
Basra. Basra is the is the capital of Basra Province. It is found along the Shatt-Al-Arab waterway.
|One of these Middle East countries is an island. Which one?|
Bahrain. Bahrain is just west of the peninsula of Qatar in the Persian Gulf.
Oman is a land contry south of Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka is an island off the coast of India, which is not in the Middle East.
|Where is Afghanistan in relation to Iraq?|
To the east. Afghanistan is about 750 miles due east of Iraq. The country of Iran is in between the two nations.
|Islam dominates as the major religion in the Middle East. Islam's sacred city of Mecca lies in this region. In what country would you find Mecca?|
Saudi Arabia. Mecca lies near the west coast of central Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea.
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