Possibly from Sumerian “Uruk” or “Warka” (Biblical “Erech”) region in the south of ancient Iraq. Medieval Arabic uses ‘Iraq’ as a geographical term for the area in the south and center of the modern Iraq. Some Arabic sources say that Iraq comes from عريق (ʕaríːq, “deep-rooted”), from عرق (ʕirq, “root”), while others say it is from Middle Persian's erāq (“lowlands”), due to historic rule from Iraq's plateau-situated neighbor, Persia.
- They took a principled stance on Iraq.
- The sad fact is that the American hostages in Iraq were forgotten casualties of war.
- The reaction of the American public to the invasion of Iraq reveals a startling ambivalence to war in contemporary times.
- I find somewhat ironic the current outcry about the use of poison gas by Iraq from states which did nothing at the time.
- According to conspiracy theory, there is no obvious end game for Iraq.