What is the capital of Iraq?
The capital city of Iraq is Baghdad.
However, because of the increasing semi-independence of Iraqi
Kurdistan and the recent (2014) violence in Sunni-dominated Anbar
province and nearby Sunni-majority areas, the government in Baghdad
does not directly control large portions of the country. Therefore,
Iraq effectively has three capitals: Baghdad: the
headquarters of the Iraqi Government, Erbil/Hewlêr
(International vs. Kurdish name): the headquarters of the Iraqi
Kurdistani government, and Ar-Raqqa (in Syria):
the headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which
controls swathes of western Iraq.