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Overview

Flag of Iraq

Flag of Iraq

Iraq, officially Al Jumhuriyah al Iraqiyah (the Republic of Iraq), is a country in Middle East, bordered by Turkey to the northwest, Trafia to the northeast, Iran and Al-Mazahmiya to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia and Aqiria to the south, Jordan to the southwest, and Syria and Sufind to the west. The capital is Baghdad. It has a small coast in the Persian Gulf.[1]

History

Hyborian Age

Shamash-Shum-Ukin moved his entire ziggurat-shaped citadel into the Hyborian Age, to a city called Akbitana, as Babylon was sieged by Assyrians, thousands of years in the future of the Hyborian Age.[2]

Ancient History

Traveling through time and space, Dr. Strange and the Ancient One traveled to Ancient Babylon, battled a griffin, and finally found the Book of the Vishanti. Freeing the book, Strange returned to his Sanctum alone to use it against Kaluu.[3]

The people of Mesopotamia included the Akkadians, the Sumerians, the Babylonian, and Assyrians.

Gilgamesh (the "Forgotten One" of the Eternals) ruled over the kingdom of Uruk. His closest friend as the beast-man Enkidu. Around that time, the Eternals Sersi and Utnapishtim also lived in the nearby area. The god Marduk, and Abraham (father of the Jewish faith) also lived in Iraq.

The Hammurabi code was written in Iraq, and would be the basis of most fundamentals of modern laws.[1]

4,000 BC

The Moon Knight lived in Mesopotamia, guarding the Scepter. He was attacked by Kang and his soldiers, and was joined by Moon Knight (Marc Spector), then by the Moon Knights of many eras. Together they bested and removed Kang.[4]

3,000 BC

Around 3,000 BC, the Kronans attempted an invasion of Earth. Landing in ancient Babylon, they fought Gilgamesh of Uruk, who vanquished them with the aid of a time-traveling Captain America.[5]

2671 BC

In 2671 BC, in Mesopotamia, Lord Gidim and his "holy order" had Brother Nashtoth look for over a year for the bones of Gilgamesh, which the great king had wanted to preserve from them. They finally managed to retrieve it (after fourteen months and seventeen tombs), in the House of Dust.[6]

2,500 BC

Thena encountered the Deviant Kro in Babylon 2,500 years ago. He had a chance to slay her, but did not; as the years passed, the two of them grew closer together.[7]

924 BC

Kang trained Ahura, making him unwittingly erase Inhumans from the timeline. One of the places they attacked was Babylon in Mesopotamia in 924 B.C.E., he sent him to destroy the temple of Marduk.[8]

7th century BC

When Babylon was sieged and about to be conquered by Ashurbanipal, king of Assyria, its people reduced to cannibalism, Shamash-Shum-Ukin moved his entire ziggurat-shaped citadel in the Hyborian Age to a city called Akbitana.[2]

323 BC

In 323 BC, Iraq was conquered by Alexander the Great.[1]

138 BC - 637 AD

It was then conquered by the Partians in 138 BC, which lasted until 637.[1]

Tal Edra , Iraq from Guardians of Infinity Vol 1 2 001

Tal Edra

10th century

Guardians of the Galaxy were transported back in time to Earth, 1016 AD. They landed in a region known as Tal Edra in Iraq. They were confronted by the Guardians of the Galaxy from another time.[9]

13th and 14th centuries

Iraq was then brought to ruin by Mongol raids in the 13th and 14th centuries.[1]

16th century

The Ottoman Turks came to rule from 1534.[1]

20th Century

In the early 20th Century Eugene Judd was both a giant of a man and an incredible athlete. He became a mercenary seeking the Black Blade of Baghdad. Upon claiming it, he was attacked by the being known as Black Raazar that possessed the blade. The spirit of Black Raazer lengthened Judd's lifespan, but also caused him great pain and to become much shorter after that Judd continued to travel the world.[10]

Wold War I aftermaths

After World War I, England made it a British mandate.

The country finally claimed indepence in 1932.[1]

World War II

During World War II, the United States and Iraq contracted a treaty pledging that the United States would come to the aid of Middle Eastern nations to defend the holy site of Mecca. The treaty documents were stolen by Nazi agents and given to the spy known only as the Wisp. The Wisp doctored the documents to make it appear that the United States was really declaring war on Mecca in order to turn Middle Eastern countries against the United States war effort. However, the Human Torch and Toro travelled to the Iraqi city of Basra and stopped the Wisp from succeeding in her mission, and ensured that peaceful relations between the United States and Middle East endured during the war.[11]

Modern Age

Cold War

During the "cold war", Iraq was the simultaneous ally of both the USA and the USSR.[1]

Malone was hunted by Wolverine for torturing and abusing a Canadian nun in Iraq.[12]

1990s

In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, leading in 1991 to the Persian Gulf War, which drove the Iraqi out of Kuwait. It also incited uprising among the Kurdish and Shia peoples.[1]

Shrieking Rain Jihad

Salomé reclaimed her citadel in Assyria, now Iraq, and organized the Shrieking Rain Jihad, who stirred negative emotions through terrorism.[13] Salomé captured the second doppelganger, Victor Stevens, but Doctor Strange intervened he used Stevens as a conduit to join the fight. While Dr. Strange clashed with his own rebelling doppelgangers. She observed the Midnight Sons from afar, and recruited Diabolique as a potential apprentice, then invoked the godlike Vishanti, whose patronage Doctor Strange had recently rejected. Suffused with their power, she penetrated Dr. Strange's Null-Space sanctuary.[14] Drained by the ordeals, he briefly banished her limbs to unconnected dimensions, weakening her in turn and enabling him to summon the biospheric magic she had used destroying her.[15]

2000s

Elektra Natchios went after former dictator Saddam Abed Dasem in Baghdad.[16]

Iraq War

In 2003, believing Iraq was in possesssion of "weapons of mass destrution", the USA invaded Iraq.[1], and remained occupied by the US and their allies, as the country transitioned.[1]

Leyla, a Kurdish woman, who who talent for chemistry to work for the oppressive Iraqi regime. Despairing after her family and husband were killed anyway, she attempted to end her life by submerging herself in a river polluted with highly corrosive chemicals. The presence of an unknown organism allowed her to survive. In her new form, Leyla likened herself to the goddess Ishtar, using her talents for revenge; to this end, she gathered a band of followers around her and started a terror campaign. A group of insurgents used "Vitriol" as it was called - actually a weaponized bacterial strain which reproduced at an incredible rate, consuming iron and producing acid - against rival groups and the United States military in Iraq. Iron Man was dispatched to investigate her, but found that Vitriol could dissolve his armor. Analysis of Vitriol's composition revealed that she was covered with an acid-resistant micro-organism which protects her from her own biological weapons. When she planned to douse Baghdad with her deadly bacterium, destroying the city completely, Tony Stark had her bombed with a giant amount of magnesium hydroxide ("Milk of magnesia"), which neutralizes acid. She was not heard from again.[17]

Iron Man remotely sent an Iron Man Armor to Iraq to take out a group of insurgence. The armor was destroyed but he was safely back at his home in Malibu.[18]

The god of war Ares witnessed a battle taking place in Iraq during the war.[19]

Saddam Hussein recruited a new Arabian Knight as his countries champion and sent him after Black Panther and Storm.[20]

Fifteen years after Yinsen's death, Aftaab Lemar was serving in Southern Iraq under the command of another of Yinsen's murderers, General Zakim Karzai. The son of Ho Yinsen, wishing to avenge his father's death, took control of Tony Stark as well as his bio-enhanced Extremis Armor and flew to Iraq. Iron Man grabbed both Lemar and Karzai, flew them high into the sky, then let them fall to their deaths.[21]

Ali Al-Zubaidi was an Iraqi mutant who lost his sight in a Baghdad bombing raid, causing his mutant power to kick in.[22]

While escorting Secretary Gyrich, Sergeant Gauntlet neutralized a car bomb attack by Hydra terrorists.[23]

Wolverine was sent on a covert mission to take down the organization Scimitar in Fadhil.[24] Later he was shot by a group of men and it took him two days to heal. When he awoke in Baghdad he caught the scent of Mystic in the crowded room. She was disguised as a nun, he confronted her but she escaped. He followed her trail and then headed to Al Anbar where there are armed militants of some faction. He asked to speak with Mordad and to tell Mordad that "its the infidel who saved him" from the Russians in 1986.[25] Logan blew himself up in a car and, with help from Mordad and his men, manages to get his body into the army base where he heals and again and went after Mystique. The two meet up and have a small skirmish before again Mystique managed to escape and set some soldiers onto Logan.Mystique then hijacks a U.S Army truck and Wolverine, having dealt with the soldiers non-lethally, goes after her again.[26] Logan tracked her to a village in Iraq, the two then fought and she shot him in the face and Logan stabbed her in the gut. He healed and just got up and walks away leaving her on the ground to scream in pain.[25]

Captain Marvel caused peace on Earth that lasted for one day, stopping the war in Iraq for some time.[27]

Flash Thompson served in in Iraq, where he lost his legs after saving his partner from enemy forces.[28][29] He returned to the United States and was recruited as the new Venom when he was enlisted as a part of Project Rebirth 2.0.[30]

During the Dark Reign, Dennis Dunphy enlisted in the U.S. Army. Serving in Iraq, he covertly operated as D-Man when he could, enlisting the help of his fellow soldiers.[31]

Jim Rhodes, using the War Machine Armor, was sent on a mission to Bagdad from Camp Liberty on the Victory Base Complex.[32]

During the Fear, the Thunderbolts and the new Beta Team, derogatorily dubbed "Underbolts" by Moonstone, were sent on a mission to Iraq.[33]

During the Iraq War the S.C.A.R.s, Strategic Capture And Retrieval, was developed by General Sam Ryan, Dr. Young Soo Pock, J. Jonah Jameson as a cybernetic update the Super-Soldier program acting as black ops for the United States Army. Three women were chosen for the team and each was given a different cybernetic enhancement. Unfortunately, the upgrades also cause mental instability and they went A.W.O.L..[34]

Frank Castle, the Punisher, teamed up with black-ops unit the Howling Commandos on a mission to Tikrit.[35]

Alternate Realities

Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)

Nick Fury sent Captain America and the Ultimates to Northern Iraq to rescue American hostages. Because the Ultimates were a domestic anti-terrorism/metahuman task force, sending such a powerful group of soldiers across international borders did not sit well with the world community including former team mate Thor.[36]

Blade Cinematic Universe (Earth-26320)

Dagon was the progenitor of the Vampire race. He was the terror of human kind in the very first moments of mankind's history, spreading his cursed blood all over the world. He went by many names, originally from the city of Babylon, in Mesopotamia and was known as called "Dagon" then as the centuries past he became known as "Dracula". He became bored of the world and decided to rest in a tomb in Syria. In the 21st Century, while searching for help in their fight with Blade, Danica Talos and Asher Talos find Dracula's tomb in the Syrian desert, and awaken him. After consuming dozens of humans in order to regain his strength and powers, Drake is informed by Danica on the situation of the vampire kind and on Blade, and, disgusted by their weakness, accepts to hunt down and kill the Daywalker.[37]

Earth-33900

The US Army helped various superheroes on missions in Iraq.[38]

Punisher Movie (Earth-58732)

Frank Castle, Jr. the Punisher served in Iraq.[39]

Dead of Night Universe (Earth-85133)

After his second tour in Iraq, Daniel Sylva had problems with his girlfriend who eventually left him and he couldn't find a job so he went for a third tour, now not caring to return alive. He described Iraq as a yellowish brown spot on Earth with every thing on it dying. After a soldier named Wahl disappeared, Danny's team got a lead on him. They walked into an ambush and all excluding Danny were killed. Danny found Wahl, strung up by his ankles with his throat cut while demons fed upon the human bodies, and their leader was his uncle's old enemy, Belathauzer.[40] Sylva was rescued by Isaac Kaufmann and his assistant, Gabir, who told him he's the next "Shagish Chultepi." Kaufman died from serious injuries and Gabir escorted Danny to a cave where the Devil-Slayer equipment was kept.[41] He then confronted an army of zombies and Danny succeeded in slashing them all. The Bloodstone, a mercenary group led by Belathauzer, warned the U.S. Army that Danny had killed all his soldiers and was now a deserter. When Sylva heard this he phoned his captain, but he didn't believe him. Suddenly the mercenaries attacked their safe-house and kill Gabir as Danny escaped.[42]

Points of Interest

Residents

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See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Marvel Atlas #2; Iraq's entry
  2. 2.0 2.1 Savage Sword of Conan #7; The Citadel at the Center of Time
  3. Strange Tales #150
  4. Moon Knight Annual Vol 2 #1
  5. Captain America Annual #11
  6. Captain America: Hail Hydra #2
  7. Eternals Herod Factor #1
  8. Uncanny Inhumans #2-4
  9. Guardians of Infinity #1-3
  10. Alpha Flight #32
  11. All Winners Comics #12
  12. Wolverine Vol 2 #9
  13. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #66
  14. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #71
  15. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual #4
  16. Elektra Vol 2 #1
  17. Iron Man Vol 3 #79-82
  18. Iron Man Vol 3 #87
  19. Ares #1
  20. Black Panther Vol 4 #15
  21. Iron Man Vol 4 #9
  22. X-Statix #13
  23. Avengers: The Initiative #1
  24. Wolverine Vol 3 #57
  25. 25.0 25.1 Wolverine Vol 3 #65
  26. Wolverine Vol 3 #64
  27. Captain Marvel Vol 6 #5
  28. Amazing Spider-Man #574
  29. Venom: Space Knight #6
  30. Amazing Spider-Man #654
  31. Marvel Assistant-Sized Spectacular #1
  32. Iron Man 2.0 #2
  33. Thunderbolts #157-158
  34. X-Factor #219
  35. Punisher Vol 10 #19-20
  36. Ultimates 2 #1
  37. Blade: Trinity (film)
  38. New Avengers Marvel Salutes the U.S. Military #2
  39. Punisher: Countdown #1
  40. Dead of Night Featuring Devil-Slayer #1
  41. Dead of Night Featuring Devil-Slayer #2
  42. Dead of Night Featuring Devil-Slayer #3
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