Thursday, June 11, 2015

Maps of Iraq Available from Ball State University Libraries

Maps in the News:  Back to Iraq

The White House announced yesterday a plan to send up to 450 additional U.S. forces to Iraq to train Sunni fighters in the Anbar province battling the Islamic State.  The additional U.S. forces will train Iraqi and tribal troops at the Al-Taqaddum military base in eastern Anbar province in order to return control of the city of Ramadi to the Iraqi government.

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) includes a significant collection of maps of Iraq and the Middle East available for research and learning.  The maps include both historic maps of the country and the region and new, updated maps.

The GRMC includes maps of Iraq published by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at the beginning and during the war.  The Iraq: Country Profile map (above, click to enlarge) includes locations of oil fields, ethnic and religious group distribution, population density, land use, physical features, and Kurdish areas of Iraq.

The second map was created by the GRMC for a visiting scholars group.  This map focuses on the location of Al Anbar province, some of the key cities in the region, and the location of the Al-Taqaddum military base.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.  Atlases from the Atlas Collection circulate for 28 days or longer.

For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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