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Iraqi passport ranked world's 2nd worst

Iraqi passport

Iraq has taken the second worst position in the world for passport power, according the the Passport Index 2018.

The Passport Index ranks countries based on their respective passport power, which includes how many countries allow entry without a visa to holders of a given country's passport.

Singapore and Germany topped the list of best passports, as passports from those countries grant entry to 165 countries around the world visa-free or with a visa upon arrival.

Other top passports included from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and the United States.

In the Middle East, the UAE ranked fourth place, significantly improving from previous years.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan was ranked as having the worst passport, which grants entry to only 31 countries without prior visa request.

Iraq came in just above Afghanistan, as its passport grants visa-free entry to 34 countries.

Iraq is considered among the world's most dangerous countries, with ISIS having ravaged much of the country, as well as the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS). Security is constantly threatened in the war-torn country, and stability is questioned with the sectarian violence spreading, largely under the influence of Iran.