Iraq is a very geographically and culturally diverse place.
I think the most interesting fact of all is that over 40% of Iraq's entire population is 14 years of age or below. Over five million boys, over five million girls in the nation's total population of about 25 1/2 million.
I think the greatest misconception about Iraq and the people who live there is that the ethnic groups are often confused with the groups. As far as ethnic groups are concerned, 75-80% of the population is Arabic, with the Kurds populating 15-20% and Turkoman, Assyrians, etc. 5%.
The Sunnis comprise of 20% of Iraq's population, and that may not seem like a lot, but you have to remember the Kurds make up just less than 20% of the population too. The Shiites are the only majority group in Iraq, which make up about 60%, and then you have very small minorities in-between.
4 out of 5 Iraqis are not Sunnis. Same can be said for the Kurds. The fact is, all three of these groups play a vital role in the social and cultural destiny of this country, and if one should feel suppressed, that may create negative effect.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20