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The pound we're used to having in our pockets will soon become a collector's item. Here is a short history.
Saddam Hussein's demolished tomb is resonant in symbolism, but it is not a unique story.
A plan by the terrorist organisation to issue its own currency – in gold – reveals a further attempt to play on the history of the early Caliphs.
When was the most stable time in recent Iraqi history? Most likely it was during the British-sponsored Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq from 1921 to 1958.
The leader of Isis, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has declared himself “Caliph Ibrahim”, thereby appropriating an Islamic title with a long, chequered history.
World leaders have often found, to their cost, that using football as a political emblem isn’t always as successful as they might hope.