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    Southern Iraq

    by hunterV Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    South of Iraq
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    This is the map of southern Iraq with the city of Samawa where I worked for a year as an interpreter at a cement plant built by the Soviet Union in the seventies.
    You can also see the place of Ur and Lake Sawa where we used to bathe every week and sometimes even went fishing.

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    Reaching Your Destination

    by hunterV Updated Feb 18, 2008

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    City mosque, Baghdad

    Taxis are plentiful. Major towns have excellent bus services. A network of well-paved roads connects Baghdad with all parts of the country. Regular flights were scheduled between Baghdad, Basrah and Mosul. If there are any now, please contact Iraqi Airways Offices and any other travel agencies.
    A network of railway lines also connects (or used to connect when I was there) Baghdad with many towns as well as cities abroad, as follows:
    1. Baghdad — Basrah (Margil) — Um Qasr Line, 582 km
    It goes through Babylon (Hilla), Kadisiya (Samawa, thence to Warka).
    2. Thi Qar (Nasiriya, then to Ur), the Marshes with their unique scenic beauty, and Basrah. There are two Baghdad-Basrah and Basrah-Baghdad trains daily, a morning one and an evening one.
    3. Baghdad — Baquba—Kirkuk -Arbil Line, 461 kms., including its branches to Jelawla and Khanaqin.
    4. Baghdad—Samarra—Tikrit—Shergat, (Ashur) - Hammam al-Alil (mineral baths) - Mosul Line. There are/were two Baghdad — Mosul and Mosul — Baghdad trains daily, a morning one and an evening one.
    5. Baghdad Mosul —Tell Kochek —Ya'rubiya Line, 528 kms. At the Iraqi border it joins the Syrian and Turkish railways. This Orient Express makes two trips a week from Baghdad to Istanbul and from Istanbul to Baghdad.

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    UH 60 Black Hawk - The ONLY way to fly!

    by american_tourister Written Apr 2, 2005

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    ..only the shadow knows for sure.

    To get around quickly and with the least amount of danger you have to fly. You must be in the military or be a US Army contractor to do this.

    I have attached a photo I took from a Black Hawk of a Baghdad neighborhood. The cool thing is that you can clearly see our shadow!

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    By Bus Around Baghdad

    by hunterV Written Mar 21, 2005

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    Using Buses in the Iraqi capital was fine
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    Buses seem to be the most reliable transportation in the capital, although all the inscriptions on them were in Arabic.
    You only have to know "your bus" route number and then take it once to remember the stops.

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    Arriving at Baghdad international Airport

    by hjohnso4 Written Jan 27, 2005

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    Baghdad Airport

    Baghdad Airport is no longer inside the American base and is secured by private contractors and the Iraqi security forces. The 10-minute drive to Camp Victory is technically 'outside the wire' and potentially very dangerous, though normal traffic is not allowed on that part of the road. Be sure to arrange for someone to meet you at the airport.

    BUSES: Legend has it that there is a KBR bus that ferries people to Camp Victory and the International Zone, but it seems to be just that - a legend. Do not rely on it.

    TAXIS: Iraqi taxis are available to take you to downtown Baghdad. They are the only transportation from the airport if you don't have a ride. They will also take you to the American checkpoint if you need to get to Camp Victory ad make a phone call.

    VISAS - You have to have a military or government ID card, or an Iraqi visa to get through customs. ID or visa, your passport will be stamped.

    FACILITIES: Duty Free, coffee shop, pizza restaurant, plenty of couches to sleep on.

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    Arriving at Baghdad international Airport

    by hjohnso4 Written Jan 27, 2005

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    Baghdad Airport

    Baghdad Airport is no longer inside the American base and is secured by private contractors and the Iraqi security forces. The 10-minute drive to Camp Victory is technically 'outside the wire' and potentially very dangerous, though normal traffic is not allowed on that part of the road. Be sure to arrange for someone to meet you at the airport.

    Legend has it that there is a KBR bus that ferries people to Camp Victory and the International Zone, but it seems to be just that - a legend. Do not rely on it.

    Iraqi taxis are available to take you to downtown Baghdad. They are the only transportation from the airport if you don't have a ride. They will also take you to the American checkpoint if you need to get to Camp Victory ad make a phone call.

    VISAS - You have to have a military or government ID card, or an Iraqi visa to get through customs. ID or visa, your passport will be stamped.

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    M1A1 Abrhams

    by american_tourister Updated Apr 25, 2004

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    Pass me sunflower seeds dude.

    For the finest ride around you just can't beat the M1A1. It is the ultimate status symbol in Baghdad.

    Everyone notices the turbine engine, the sloped armor, the sand paint job and most of all....the 120mm smooth bore main gun. Why that is just about the ultimate phallic symbol.

    Walls, buildings, even other vehicles are no match for this combination of size and speed. Try and run and you will find out how a computer target fixed main gun can track. Nothing says "I've noticed you" like 120mm HEAT.

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    'Iraqi Airways'

    by hunterV Updated Mar 28, 2010

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    By plane: "Iraqi Airways" flew then, I don't know if it operates now.
    Baghdad has a spacious international airport located about ten miles from downtown Baghdad.

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    Map of Distances

    by hunterV Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    Distances in Iraq
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    Here is the map of distances between the cities in Iraq. I often traveled from Samawa to the capital (271 km) and to the International Airport.

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    Baghdad International Airport

    by frankcanfly Written Feb 27, 2006
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    Even now, there is some limited commercial service into Baghdad's Airport.

    I wouldn't try it unless you really really need to.

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