This quite small mosque was built in depression, possibly man-made, in the earth. From certain directions only the blue dome is visible above the ground. It is one of only two mosques to be found in Sadam's palace compound.
Destroyed in the War, it has recently been repaired and now carries significant amounts of area traffic across the Tigris River. If and when you drive across it you won't be able to miss the hulking mass of Sadam's Palace, supposedly built for his dear Mama, on the bluff.
An artificial lake fed by water pumped from the nearby Tigris River. One of three such lakes built amongst Saddam Hussein's many palaces in Tikrit. Just the place for a weekend picnic. The pavilion at the artifical waterfall is recommended
This is quite possibly the smallest Subway 'restaurant' to be found anywhere, but you won't be complaining because it is presently the only alternative to the KBR cafeteria. The Indian employees work like Trojans to feed Gis hungry for a taste of home. The line is long but getting hold of a foot-long Italian Club sandwich in Iraq is well worth the wait.
Can't help but to think of the tasty local cuisine waiting downtown, out of reach. A mutton kebab would be spot on....
There are two ways out of Forward Operating Base Danger, Tikrit: by convoy or by chopper. Convoys being rather more dangerous these days, a chopper is the usual method of getting to and from Tikrit. If you are lucky, your chopper won't be packed full and the pilot will fly with the doors open. No better way to see the country! Well, the landscape at least...
Self-explanatory, I think.
Leisure Tourism will quite a while coming to Tikrit, considering currrent events.