Kirkuk Travel Guide

  • Kirkuk
    by miketranel
  • Kirkuk
    by miketranel
  • Kirkuk
    by miketranel

Kirkuk Things to Do

  • School Pride

    Right outside one of the Iraqi schools, the teachers decided to paint a mural. Unfortunately they forgot to use spell check ; )

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  • Operation Crayon continued...

    Couldn't resist posting one more picture inside from inside an Iraqi school. They kids seem to be having a blast!

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  • Street Urchins

    While convoys are travelling through Iraqi territory, they frequently encounter many children who aren't in school. They have a tendency to swarm around convoys if they stop looking for handouts.They're commonly referred to by military personnel as "Street Urchins".

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  • Operation Crayon

    Kirkuk Air Base has an operation called "Operation Crayon". It isn't exactly publicized by the mainstream media, but is publicized through other means. Donations are received from generous people in the USA. Donations are primarily clothes and school supplies.Volunteers at Kirkuk Air Base then divide these items into individual bags. When enough...

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  • Eternal Flame, pt 3

    As with all travel in Iraq (at least for now) it is highly encouraged to "tour" in groups.Oh, the flames also stink the place up. It wouldn't hurt to bring something to plug your nose...

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  • Eternal Flame, pt 2

    It's said that the flames cannot be extinguished. If you stomp one piece of flame out, another flame will rise nearby.

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  • Eternal Flame, pt 1

    Not far from Kirkuk is the "Eternal Flame". It's a significant Christian and Muslim holy site. The flame is said to have been burning for over 2,500 years now. It's the flame referenced in the Book of Daniel, chapter 3:

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  • Ba'ath Headquarters pt 4

    Unfortunately some of the remaining factions aren't as friendly. This of course requires us to be a bit vigilant.Don't try this one at home ; )

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  • Ba'ath Headquarters pt 3

    What you see here are more remains of the headquarters.Recently the Kurds have been moving back into the area, after many years of SEVERE suppression. Needless to say, they're considered "friendlies" for the most part.You can't see it well in the picture, but even though they don't have running water, they all have satellites and TV. They'll come...

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  • Ba'ath Headquarters pt 2

    Tested the zoom on my camera to get as close of a shot as I could here. You can't see it well, but folks are starting to move into the stands of the old stadium.We got the binoculars out and could see kids waving at us. Kinda interesting really. The children are very enthusiastic and friendly.They'll stand just outside the perimeter, wave, smile,...

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  • Ba'ath Headquarters

    There isn't a heck of a lot left of it now, but what you see here is the remains of the Iraqi Ba'ath party headquarters.This was actually the headquarters and control area for all of northern Iraq. In the background you can see what used to be a large stadium.The stadium wasn't the primary Iraqi olympic team training area, as I originally was told....

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  • Kirkuk Air Base Mosque

    Entirely too close to the room I sleep in is the Kirkuk Air Base Mosque and military graveyard. We aren't permitted to go in either, out of respect.Of course the locals can't get to it right now either...I'm told, but can't get confirmation or specific names, that a famous descendent of Mohammad is buried here.As a gesture of good will, the USA...

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Kirkuk Restaurants

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    by JAFA-Rease Written Sep 19, 2004

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    As far as military chow halls go, the one here is about average. It is of course free. That's a great bonus ; ) The only other choices are MRE's (field rations, which come in handy if you can't or don't want to go to the chow hall), Burger King (Ugh!) or Pizza Hut (yes we have one, but they have a VERY limited selection).

    I haven't been here for one yet, but apparently they run low on items when convoys don't come in in time. You know you're running low on food if you run out of rice in the middle east ; )

    Favorite Dish: Haven't been here long enough to have one!

    Lunch in the Chow Hall with my new supervisor...
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Kirkuk Transportation

  • My new ride...

    Kirkuk isn't all that big, but it sure doesn't hurt to have your own transportation. It's more convenient... Plus, my new ride happens to have functioning air conditioning and a stereo ; )There are buses on base as well.If you notice the flame in the background, it's natural gas burning off of an Iraqi oil well.

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  • Germany to Kirkuk, the Military way...

    I had a very long trip to Kirkuk. There was enough to write about it that I can't possible scale it down to the 2047 characters I'm limited to in this Tips section. So, the rest of this tip will be in my Travelogue entitled "Germany to Kirkuk, the Military way..."* If you have a choice, make this trip on a commercial charter ; )

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Kirkuk Local Customs

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    by JAFA-Rease Written Nov 25, 2004

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    GENERAL ORDER 1A

    The purpose of General Order 1A is to identify conduct that is prejudicial to the maintenance of good order and discipline of Air Force personnel assigned to or attached to duty with in the AOR. General Order 1A prohibits:

    a. Possession, manufacture, importation, distribution or consumption of alcohol
    b. Introduction, purchase, possession, use, sale, transfer, manufacture or consumption of any controlled substances or drug paraphernalia. Prescription drugs must be accompanied by the original prescription label of the prescribing medical facility or authority
    c. Introduction, possession, transfer, sale, creation or display of any pornography or sexually explicit material. This includes but is not limited to photos, videotapes, movies, drawings, cartoons, books and magazines. “Sexually explicit” means depiction or description of nudity, including sexual or excretory activities or organs, in a lascivious or lustful way. The exceptions are magazines videotapes lawfully obtained by AAFES, AFRTS, and MWR center.
    d. Purchase, possession, use or sale of privately owned firearms, explosives or ammunition.
    e. Gambling of any kind including sports pools, lotteries and raffles.
    f. Entrance into a mosque or other site of Islamic religious significance unless directed by military authorities as part of a military necessity or official tour.
    g. Removing, possessing, selling, defacing or destroying archaeological artifacts or national treasures
    h. Selling, bartering or exchanging any currency at other than official exchange rate
    i. Adopting mascots caring for or feeding any type of domestic or wild animals
    j. Proselytizing (preaching) or attempting to win converts to any religion, faith, or practice
    k. Taking war trophies as souvenirs
    l. Attending disciplinary ceremonies of any kind, such as public executions

    Violations of the above rules are punishable under Article 92 of the UCMJ.

    Just another day in paradise...
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Kirkuk Warnings and Dangers

  • Choke, Cough...

    In the part of Iraq I'm in we don't have a lot of sand. What we have is a lot of powder. The stuff is so fine that walking in it raises clouds of it. It gets everywhere. It's so fine in fact that the impact of rain on it raises it into the air. Instead of making the air easier to breathe, or better yet knocking impurities out of the air, it is now...

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  • Time to change my underwear...

    Now that the story's been in the European Stars and Stripes, I can say what happened to me the other day. As I was walking towards the chow hall I noticed some smoke. When I got a bit closer, there was a fairly loud explosion. I happened to be close enough to feel a bit of the blast!That was about the time that I hauled balls to the nearest...

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  • Beware the Golden BB!

    Ok ok... I admit that it used to be a danger! Especially if you were a coalition pilot freeing Iraq not long ago ; )The anti aircraft gun I'm sitting on is disabled now, but I just couldn't resist getting a picture. Guess that's a "guys and guns" thing ; )

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Kirkuk Off The Beaten Path

  • Random photo op turns out to be VERY...

    Found this interesting little burned/bombed out structure this morning and couldn't resist the opportunity to get a picture.Found out later what the test on the wall is. I was a bit surprised. Translating it literally: "Liberation is for us, and this point of view is the most important for it." According to the translator: "By "point of view" he...

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  • My new backyard!

    For those with a US Air Force background, the picture speaks for itself... For the rest of ya:Every US Air Force base housing has a monthly competition for the best yard of the month. Typically it comes with a day off, a designated parking spot for the month or another fringe benefit. It varies from base to base. It is used primarily as a...

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    by JAFA-Rease Written Oct 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: While I can't really get out to "enjoy" the countryside, I can appreciate some spectacular sunrises and sunsets!

    A dangerous and beautiful place...
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