Iraq Travel Guide

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Baghdad

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Arbil

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As Sulaymaniyah

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Kirkuk

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Halabja

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4,19,0

Zakho

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5,14,0

`Aqrah

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10,24,0

Ur

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0,6,0

Tikrit

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7,24,0

Mosul

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Karbala'

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Balad

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Alqosh

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0,6,0

Khurmal

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Kani Masi

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Dokan

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3,18,0

At Taji

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5,23,0

Al Fallujah

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Kifri

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2,13,0

Darbandikhan

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Barzan

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Babylon

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Aruzar

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An Najaf

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Al `Amadiyah

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3,20,0

Ad Diwaniyah

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Erbil

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Baghdad

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  • Mosquito Bites

    Baghdad Warnings and Dangers

    Since Samawa is located on the banks of the Euphrates in a sandy area, we felt we were in a mosquito-danger area. I had to be aware of the terrible invisible mosquitoes that bit on the back side of the palm. They must have been sand fleas, but I am not sure. We called them “Pindino mosquito”. I still don't know what that means, but I did see the...

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  • Sultan Palace Hotel

    Baghdad Hotels

    Al Tahariyat Square, Baghdad, 0101, IQ

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Spiral Minaret

    Baghdad Things to Do

    Traveling north of Baghdad you can visit the Spiral Minaret of the Great Mosque in Samarra.This dominating magnificent structure is very impressive.The minaret is called Malwiya ("Spiral"). It rises to a height of 52 meters. You can climb the stairs together with your hosts and enjoy the wonderful view.

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Arbil

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  • The Bazaar

    Arbil Things to Do

    Good place to find hotles (cheaper than in other parts of the town), good also to eat in the stalls.

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  • Qaysari Bazaar

    Arbil Things to Do

    A must when visiting Erbil is a wander through Qaysari Bazaar in the downtown area, which has been recently reconstructed using traditional architecture, You will find everything from stalls selling fresh fruit, organic Kurdish cheese or honey, shoes, electronics, clothes and also a chance to buy souvenirs such as kalash (hand-made white Kurdish...

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  • Mudhafaria Minaret

    Arbil Things to Do

    The Choli or Mudhafaria Minaret (Arabic: ÇáãÆÐäÉ ÇáãÙÝÑíÉý) is a minaret located in Erbil Iraq.The minaret is 36 m high, and was built in 1190–1232 AD (586–630 AH) Brick built it is situated in the corner of Minare Park , remnants of the glazed blue tiles which would have decorated it are clearly visible on the leeward side, Acess would have been...

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As Sulaymaniyah

  • Culture Dos and donts

    As Sulaymaniyah Local Customs

    Cultural Do’s and Don’ts Do:(U) Do be prepared for people to smoke in different venues.(U) Do expect that in many Kurdish households seating is arranged on the floor.(U) Do give women the opportunity to avoid physical contact with men. Handshakes between the sexes may be allowed; a two-handed handshake is especially welcoming.(U) Do be respectful...

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  • Kurdish National Anthem

    As Sulaymaniyah Local Customs

    (Kurdish national anthem)HEY ENEMY !Hey enemy, the Kurdish nation is alive with its languageCan not be defeated by the weapons of any timeLet no one say Kurds are deadKurds are livingKurds are living, their flag will never fallWe, the youth are the red colour of the revolutionWatch our blood that we shed on this wayLet no one say Kurds are...

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  • Language time

    As Sulaymaniyah Local Customs

    English KurdishHello Mrhaba -roj bashGoodbye bakhatrita Thank you Supas You’re welcome Sar ChavaHow are you? Choni?Are you well? Bashi I’m fine, thank you Bashim Supas What’s your name? Navi ta chiya My name is John Navi min John What would you like to drink? chi vakhi?Tea (without sugar) chai shakir?PleaseWhere is the bazaar? Kani Bazaar?Where is...

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Kirkuk

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  • School Pride

    Kirkuk Things to Do

    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...

    Kirkuk Things to Do

    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

    Kirkuk Things to Do

    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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Dahuk

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  • Buy melons on the road

    Dahuk Shopping

    They are cheap and delicious. The man who helped me to get from Lalish to Dahuk bough one during our journey. Melons adn beans normal price, it is not worth to bargain

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  • Buy a Mapamundi!

    Dahuk Shopping

    I love map and the one that I bought included Kursdistan in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. There are about 40 million Kurdish scattered in these four countries. a mapamundi! 4000 Iraqi dinars (about 2 and a half Euro)

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  • Going back to Turkey

    Dahuk Transportation

    Instead of taking several shared taxis from every village to the next one, I discovered that it was better to take a direct bus to my destination in Turkey, which was Anakara.The bus station is in the outskirts of Dahuk. Do not walk tehre, but negociate the price with a taxi driver, because I tried to walk but after half an hour or so people...

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Halabja

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  • By bus from Slemani

    Halabja Transportation

    Slemani is the obvious starting point for a visit to Halabja, and the distance isn't huge so you can easily make it there and back in a day, provided you start early enough. Ask your hotel owners how to get to Halabja, as buses don't leave from the main karaj, but from a smaller one some distance from the centre...we took a taxi, but found our way...

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  • Walk around town

    Halabja Things to Do

    Halabja is quite a dreary town, understandable given its history, but it is a living place with a small market area and a couple of parks on the outskirts. People are very friendly, but we got the feeling that they are a bit sick of visitors who come just to see the graves and the monument and don't spend any time in the town itself. Some of the...

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  • The Cemetery

    Halabja Things to Do

    The other "sight" in Halabja is the town cemetery, where row upon row of white tombstones commemorate the victims who died at the scene of the attacks. Many of the wounded were taken to Iran where some later died, so there is another Halabja Cemetery in Tehran. Others are still "missing". Two mass graves are also marked, each containing more than a...

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Zakho

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  • Take shared taxis

    Zakho Transportation

    It is the best way to move around. The buses are from Turkey, and hitch hiking is useful, but sometimes you have to wait long time under the hot sun, and often the drivers ask you money, so better share a taxi, there are cheap and the Iraqi Kurdistan is not a large country.Shared taxis go everywhere. I saw signs showing the road to Baghdad, Mosul...

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  • To Dohuk and Silopi

    Zakho Transportation

    Ask any taxi to take you to Karaj Dohuk, a patch of wasteground some distance from town where shared taxis wait for Dohuk-bound passengers. Iraqi taxis only take four passengers, and as this is close to a border and Dohuk is a major city not too far away, you won't have to wait long. 6000 dinars (roughly £3.50) is all it costs for the hour long...

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  • The rest of Zaxo

    Zakho Things to Do

    On the way to the bridge, you'll see a huge Kurdish flag on a traffic roundabout. These are a big feature of Kurdistan, and every town has several fluttering away in prime locations...but I didn't know that at the time, so took a few photos. Apart from the bridge and the flag, Zaxo is a fairly scruffy sort of place...friendly, and not unpleasant,...

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`Aqrah

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  • Where to find food

    `Aqrah Restaurants

    Akre isn't a touristy place, and there isn't really the culture of eating out here as there is in other Kurdish cities. I noticed a bakery and a basic snack place on the main square behind the bazar, and that was about it in Old Akre. In the newer part, there is a "touristik restyrant" on the main road close to the Hotel Sepal, although it looked...

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  • Zarvia Dji: the summit

    `Aqrah Things to Do

    Although Akre is very much a Muslim town now, with a not very visible Christian minority, it once had a sizeable Jewish population, and if you clime to the top of Zarvia Dji, you can see the remains of a holy Jewish site. I'm not entirely sure what it was, but the ruins are fairly extensive so there's probably more to it than just an ancient...

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  • By Taxi from Erbil or Dohuk

    `Aqrah Transportation

    Shared taxis leave from Erbil's Karaj-e Shimaal (Northern Garage), a few hundred metres north of the citadel and within walking distance of the bazar area if you haven't got too much luggage and are prepared to ask for directions on the way. Akre isn't a popular destination, so i had to wait for ages, and eventually came to an agreement with a...

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Tikrit

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  • Sunken Mosque

    Tikrit Things to Do

    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.

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  • WAR

    Tikrit Warnings and Dangers

    Self-explanatory, I think.Leisure Tourism will quite a while coming to Tikrit, considering currrent events.

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  • Tikrit Bridge

    Tikrit Things to Do

    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.

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Mosul

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  • Night Life in the big city of Mosul,...

    Mosul Nightlife

    No night life, I spent 32 months in Mosul, Iraq. This was not one of my favorite vacation spots in the world. I met a bunch of people who I worked with and who I will never forget. Wait we did have somewhat of a night-life. Wed. night was our Texas Holdem' night until the Army raided us, and 5 friends got fired. But they did have a movie theater on...

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  • The Monastery

    Mosul Things to Do

    The thing that makes this special is that there is such a beautiful place in the middle of a War Zone. If at any point they open up Iraq for civilian travel I would strongly recommend that you go there. This building has been thru a lot and still gives you a feeling of joy when you enter it. You can see where it's been hit by a Rocket, it caused...

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Balad

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  • Everything you need

    Balad Shopping

    The PX serves as a distraction from the reality here. you can go in and wander the aisles looking at consumer goods and just for a few minutes you are back in the USA. I hear a lot of complaints about their prices but considering we are in a war zone I think they do a pretty good job. They run out of stuff sometimes but that is a logistical issue,...

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  • Fresh Hot Pizza

    Balad Restaurants

    It is special because it is the only game in town. If you want pizza you have to come here. It is all thick crust pizza too. Everyone who knows me well knows I like it cracker thin and crispy. This stuff is thick and chewy but in a pinch it will do. The trip[le pepperoni. Pizza needs pork products as chicken and beef just dont have the correct...

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  • Beggar's can't be choosers

    Balad Tourist Traps

    The quaintly named "Bazaar" sells a quite terribel selection of 'souvenirs,' all made in India and all overpriced. The prices are only to be expected when you are the only shop in town and must have all your goods sent via convoy from Kuwait. And when your clientele know no better. All the same, save your money unless you must have that souvenir...

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