TECH
04/01/2011 09:00 am ET Updated May 31, 2011

Google Launches New Domains In Iraq, Tunisia

For Googlers in Iraq and Tunisia, local search just got more convenient.

In a post published Thursday on the Google Arabia Blog, the search engine announced its expansion into both these countries' Internet domains.

Google search in Tunisia is now accessible through Google.tn, while users in Iraq will be directed to Google.iq.

"Up until recently, users in Iraq and Tunisia had to visit other domains in order to use the search user interface in their language of choice. With this launch, the new domains will enable users to access Google search in local languages like Arabic and Kurdish in Iraq and Arabic and French in Tunisia. Eventually, this will lead to access to more locally-relevant content," writes Google.

The addition of Tunisia and Iraq brings Google's total of country-specific search sites up to 184, with 15 of these serving Arabic-speaking nations.