Nazis left behind so many of their Karabiner 98k rifles at the end of WW2 that they ended up being used for the rest of the 20th century all over the world, and some were even used in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Somewhere out there, an 80-year-old Nazi rifle is still used in warfare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
Today I learned of Nandy, a Neanderthal skeleton recovered in Iraq. He suffered extensive injuries, including the loss of an arm early in his life, and was unlikely to have been able to care for himself. Despite this, he lived until the age of 45, suggesting that he was cared for by his society en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Today I learned of Major Emmett Tulia, an F16 fighter pilot who successfully dodged SIX SAMs over Iraq in 1991. The video of this encounter is used in training today. youtube.com/watch?v=2uh4y…
So many Purple Hearts were produced in anticipation of the allied invasion of Japan in WWII they have still not been used up, through Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and all other conflicts. (The Purple Heart is awarded for wounds sustained in combat with the enemy). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
: That Geraldo Rivera was kicked out of Iraq in 2003 by the US Military for divulging sensitive information regarding US Plans and Troop Movements during a broadcast on edition.cnn.com/2003/WORL…
James McCormick sold the ADE 651, a fake ‘bomb detector’, all over the world (specifically Iraq) by purchasing novelty golf ball detectors for less than $20 and reselling it for $5000 each. His scam has cost lives and the ‘bomb detectors’ are probably still in use today. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-2238036…
Today I learned about Jason Everman. A guitarist who after appearing on Nirvana’s album Bleach left the band to join Soundgarden. After touring with Soundgarden in 1990 he left the band and joined the US army becoming a Ranger and serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. special-ops.org/jason-eve…
A Marine sniper unit in Iraq became huge fans of Gilmore Girls. Near Christmas in 2005 one of them wrote to the show's creator about the lack of male clothing options in the show's gift store. Weeks later they received five boxes of Gilmore Girls jackets. thisamericanlife.org/606/…
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
Today I learned about a British heavy lift helicopter, code named Bravo November, which was the only of its squadron that survived an attack by the Argentinian air force during the Falklands war and is still currently in service having also flown in Iraq and Afghanistan. gov.uk/government/news/ra…
US Marine SSgt Jonathan Turner’s remains were to be boxed up and mailed from CA to GA, but hundreds from motorcycle group "The Patriot Guard Riders" stepped up to create a dignified caravan to bring his remains home. Turner served 7 tours in Iraq & Afghanistan and died of combat wounds in CA. tribunist.com/news/bikers…
There is a dialect of Arabic that isn't naturally spoken anywhere, but which is understandable to all speakers of Arabic. While people from Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen or Syria might not understand each other, they can understand the same news report. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod…
The oldest known "Yo Mama" joke was found on a 3500 y.o. broken tablet in Iraq. And is missing the punchline. nydailynews.com/news/anci…
Today I learned about Silver Star recipient SFC Alwyn Cashe. SFC Cashe was injured and soaked with fuel after a complex ambush in the Iraq. He entered a burning vehicle three times and pulled six soldiers to their safety. SFC Cashe received burns on 75% of his body, injuries he eventually succumbed to. taskandpurpose.com/opinio…
Over 3,800 Ancient artifacts, including cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, were smuggled into the United States and shipped to Hobby Lobby Stores before being discovered by ICE and returned to the Republic of Iraq. ice.gov/news/releases/ice…
The US military has never banned the use of napalm on military targets away from civilian areas, and still has a type of bomb very similar to napalm called the Mark 77 that has been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
When Sadam Hussein seized power in Iraq in 1979 he had the coup filmed and forced members of the capitulated parliament to kill each other. youtube.com/watch?v=CR1X3…
Researchers have uncovered the earliest evidence of a person being hit and killed by a meteorite falling to Earth, which killed one person and injured another, occurred in what is now Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, on Aug. 22, 1888. space.com/earliest-eviden…
The world's largest cemetery is Wadi-us-Salaam ("Valley of Peace") in Najaf, Iraq - it contains tens of millions of bodies over an area of 6 km², and approximately 500,000 new bodies from around the globe are buried there annually en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wad…
The Baghdad Pact was a NATO type alliance between the UK, Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan until 1979 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
The Syrian brown bear is probably extinct in Syria. It survives in Turkey, Iran, and Iraq. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syr…
Today I learned of Hussain al-Shahristani. An Iraqi who was forced into solitary confinement in prison for 8 years under Saddam Hussein. He kept his sanity by “making up mathematical problems, which he then tried to solve.” He later became Iraq’s minister of higher education and scientific research. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
Saddam Hussein Carried Out a Chemical Attack Against the Kurdish People of Halabja, Iraq on March 16, 1988. A Lethal Mix of Mustard Gas, Sarin and a VX Nerve Agent Was Dropped on the Town, Killing 5000 People. globalr2p.org/publication…
Muhammad Ali Once Helped Negotiate the Release of 15 U.S. Hostages in Iraq sportscasting.com/muhamma…
During the run-up to the Gulf War, Muhammad Ali travelled to Iraq and personally secured the release of 15 American hostages being detained by Saddam Hussein, despite the US Government and press condemning the mission and Ali as 'another egomaniacal celebrity out of his depth'. nypost.com/2015/11/29/the…
At least twice, CNN correspondent Sanjay Gupta has been on location reporting, but needed to step in as a neurosurgeon: once on a Marine in Iraq, the other on a little girl injured during the Haitian earthquake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
This picture of an ancient tablet is actually a 5,000 year old beer receipt. 'Alulu beer receipt' records a purchase of "best" beer from a brewer, c. 2050 BC from the Sumerian city of Umma in ancient Iraq. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Under Saddam's Iraq the Christian Minority was treated no worse equally to the Muslim population and only killed when against Saddam (The Assyrians) In fact Tariq Aziz an Iraqi-Christian even became a close advisor to Saddam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
A soldier's home was foreclosed on by his HOA over unpaid dues totalling $800. While he was in Iraq. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
There are 7 days in a week thanks to the Babylonians, who lived in modern-day Iraq. As keen observers of the heavens, the Babylonians adopted 7 days because they observed 7 celestial bodies — the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
The world's first mental health hospital was built in Baghdad, Iraq in 705 AD. While mental health patients were being condemned, punished, and even burned in Europe, 8th and 9th century mental health patients in Iraq, Egypt, and Syria were given more proper hospitalization and treatment. citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/vie…
Saddam Hussein commissioned a calligrapher to write a copy of the Quran using his blood as ink. The 605 page book contains roughly 27 liters of his blood and is kept in a mosque in Iraq behind 3 vault doors. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
A stowaway bird that sneaked on board a plane where passengers saw it flying around the cabin once the aircraft was airborne has been refused entry into Europe – and deported back to Iraq. ananova.news/iraqi-plane-…
During the Iraq-Iran war, Minister of Health Riyadh Hussein suggested Saddam step down temporarily. When no one else supported the idea, Saddam escorted Mr. Hussein to the next room, closed the door, shot him, then returned to the meeting. His widow received his dismembered corpse the next day. nytimes.com/2006/12/30/wo…
The US manufactured enough Purple Heart medals in preparation for a possible invasion of Japan in 1945, that they still awarded ones manufactured back then during the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pur…
A British company sold 1500 magic bomb-detecting dowsing rods to Iraq in 2008 and 2009, for more than £50 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
Russia's life expectancy is 4-6 years lower than in Iraq, Guatemala & Venezuela geoba.se/population.php?p…
The Mask of Warka, the oldest discovered accurate depiction of a human face (3100 BC), disappeared from the National Museum of Iraq after the 2003 US invasion. A US military mission to recover lost artifacts found the mask, undamaged, buried in a farmer's backyard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
The biblical Tower of Babel was likely based on a real building, the Etemenanki in modern-day Iraq; at about 300 feet tall, it was massive by ancient standards and built by King Nebuchadnezzar II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
The first named author in history was a woman named Enheduanna from the Sumerian city state of Ur (modern Iraq) in the 23rd century BCE. As a high priestess, she wrote hymns and poems that were in circulation for hundreds of years after her death. ancient.eu/amp/1-10021/
In 2007, after their Kiowa helicopter was shot down in Iraq, two pilots were rescued when they strapped their bodies to the exterior of an Apache AH-64 helicopter and were flown out of the combat zone. denverpost.com/2007/07/03…
In 1898 the US Department of Landscaping set up a committee to search the world for crops that could be grown back home in the US. It was this committee that brought avocados, mangoes, and new varieties of oranges. While at it they introduced America to Dates from Iraq because of Aladdin. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The ADE 651; an inert rod of metal with a plastic hinge, was sold as a bomb detector. It was used by the militaries of Iraq, Afghanistan and more than a dozen other countries for years before anyone noticed that it did nothing at all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE…
The city of Erbil in Iraq has a 'bulge' in the middle that has formed over the course of 6000 years as new buildings have been built over the remains of old ones atlasobscura.com/places/e…
Today I learned of the British Iraq Levies, a force mostly composed of Iraqi Turkmen, Kurds and Assyrians that fought alongside the Allies in WWII en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
The country of Iraq takes its name from the 5000+ year old Sumerian city of Uruk, home of the legendary King Gilgamesh en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The loss of the Great Library of Alexandria wasn’t a great loss of historical texts. The majority of the library’s scrolls had been copied for libraries in Persia, Byzantium, and Iraq; Its believed the study of these texts helped form universities through Europe in the Early Middle Ages ancientworldmagazine.com/…
Michael Humphreys, the man who played the role of the young Forrest Gump, joined the US Army in 2004 and has completed an 18-month deployment in Iraq. While in the Army, he was given the nickname "Gump" by his fellow soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Iraq's tourism board is looking for a developer to revive an island on the Tigris River that was once known as "a romantic getaway for newlywed couples to honeymoon and relax". Proposals must include a six-star hotel, five-star spa, four-star resort and conference centre... thenational.ae/business/p…

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