The authors wish to acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals who wrote the 1979 edition of Iraq: A Country Study: Laraine Newhouse Carter, Angus MacPherson, Darrel R. Eglin, Rinn S. Shinn, and James D. Rudolph. Their work provided the organization of the present volume, as well as substantial portions of the text.
The authors are grateful to individuals in various government agencies and private institutions who gave their time, research materials, and expertise to the production of this book. The authors also wish to thank members of the Federal Research Division who contributed directly to the preparation of the manuscript. These people include Thomas Collelo, who reviewed all drafts and graphic material; Richard F. Nyrop, who reviewed all drafts and who served as liaison with the sponsoring agency; and Martha E. Hopkins, who managed editing and production. Also involved in preparing the text were editorial assistants Barbara Edgerton and Izella Watson.
Individual chapters were edited by Sharon Costello, Vincent Ercolano, Ruth Nieland, and Gage Ricard. Carolyn Hinton performed the final prepublication editorial review, and Shirley Kessel compiled the index. Diann Johnson of the Library of Congress Composing Unit prepared the camera-ready copy, under the supervision of Peggy Pixley.
Special thanks are owed to David P. Cabitto, who designed the cover artwork and the illustrations on the title page of each chapter. Invaluable graphics support also was provided by Sandra K. Cotugno and Kimberly A. Lord. Harriett R. Blood assisted in preparing the final maps.
The authors would like to thank several individuals who provided research and operational support. Arvies J. Staton supplied information on ranks and insignia, Ly H. Burnham assisted in obtaining demographic data, Afaf S. McGowan assisted in obtaining photographs, and Gwendolyn B. Batts assisted in word processing.
Finally, the authors acknowledge the generosity of the many individuals and public and private agencies who allowed their photographs to be used in this study.
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