Iraq Warnings and Dangers

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    A landmine sign.
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  • A sign showing the mines suspected in the area.
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    Iraq, Or Mars!?
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Iraq Warnings and Dangers

  • Landmines

    There is quite a bit of landmines and unexploded ordnance left over in Iraq. There are minefields and suspected minefields along a lot of the borders and surrounding former military bases. Just stick to the hard packed area and listen to the locals.

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  • Bring Enough Cash!

    Before crossing the border, stock up on Turkish lira if you haven't got any dollars, euros or pounds sterling. Once inside Iraqi Kurdistan, it's very difficult to get money, so bring enough cash with you to last for the whole trip. I did see a cashpoint (ATM) in the posher suburbs of Erbil with signs for Visa, Mastercard and Cirrus on it, but it...

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  • Checkpoints

    Not really a danger, just a warning to keep your passport handy when travelling between towns and cities. There are checkpoints at regular intervals on all roads, some manned by the traffic police who will not be interested in you, others manned by the Kurdish Peshmerga who may want to see your passport or ask you a few questions. It's nothing...

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  • Improvised Explosive Devices

    Simply put, this is the single biggest killer of Soldiers over here in Iraq (though it has gotten much quieter in the last year or so). Basically, they take a half dozen mortar rounds or artillery shells, wire them up, then bury them in the road. When our convoys roll by, they detonate them. There are like seven different ways for them to detonate...

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  • Life Stopping Sand Storms

    The sand storms that roll through here are sudden, fierce, and basically literally cause everyone to run (really run) to whatever shelter's available. To be honest, it's kind of hard to describe this lovely little phenomenon unless you've actually experienced it. Sometimes, you see the rolling sand cloud swiftly moving towards you from a distance,...

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  • Bombs, Incomeing, ect

    This place is full of people trying to kill you. Bless our Soldiers and there families. There are many dangers here and threats, be carefull if you visit...

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  • of course,when travelling in...

    of course,when travelling in iraq,you do not say anything about israel,by the way,you do not know where is israel,you have never heard of israel,you have no relatives in israel,it is the first time you hear about israel

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  • Colder than you would Imagine

    While deployed to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, I found out the hard way that it was ALOT colder than you would expect. They have winter months of November through March just like the midwest in the United States. I WAS NOT expecting it to be as cold as it was though. For the majority of time it was exactly how it would be if you were in lower Ohio or...

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  • Safe comfortable American loving Iraq

    If you wanted to read this review then you must be ready for an adventure. Iraq is known by most people in the world as a dangerous place that you only visit if you are crazy of paid a lot of money to live there. For most of Iraq this is the truth, but in the north it is very different. Northern Iraq is also known as Iraqi Kurdistan. The people of...

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  • Garbage piles

    The infrastructure here never really worked. The German brand of Fascism brought orderliness, the Italian type brought national pride, the Iraqi one just brought greed and corruption.There are garbage dumps where people have lived for long since before we arrived. I fly over a huge dump on the North side of Baghdad almost weekly and am still...

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  • Traffic

    Drivers here are the worst. I have driven in a lot of different countries. Bosnians and Indians, and Russians are bad but the Iraqis are the worst I have ever seen.If there is one car length they will take it. Who ever has the loudest horn has the right of way!

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  • Photography

    Be careful of what you photograph. Many people, particularly the authorities, are understandably uneasy with taking photos of some things. There's no need to keep your camera in your bag but aside from all the normal common-sense type rules about taking pictures, watch for anyone eyeing you suspiciously and don't hesitate to ask if it's okay to...

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  • People in Iraq are very...

    People in Iraq are very friendly, normally. Nevertheless take care when you are talking to police, military or other 'officials', even hotel personnel, try to avoid political themes, if you are asked a political question better be moderate, show tolerance.Most Iraqis are anything else but pro Saddam Hussein. Nevertheless the system scares them a...

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