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    this was our program:...

    by fabrice Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    this was our program: ctesiphon.

    babylone(we slept in al-hillah):very disapointing because they rebuilt a remake of the ancient city,so you visit a 'new' old city.

    ur(where abraham is supposed to be born)the temperature was 45°C,and we saw soldiers running and training for war under the sun.We ate in a little restaurant in samawa,if I remember well,in this little city,the main bridge was destroyed by a missile during the gulf war(300 victims).

    mossoul in the north where we visited churches and monasteries,also very near the site of ninive.

    hatra in the desert,a place where there is no sound,nothing but an archeological site in the middle of the desert(incredible place)

    it was very strange to see the baptism of a baby in a monastery near mossoul,these people have really a hard life.

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    Visit an ancient ruin

    by fisherbray Written Jan 11, 2008

    If you happen to be assigned to FOB Marez or Diamondback in Mosul, call the chaplain's office on Marez. They can set you up with a guided tour of the Dair Mar Elia (also known as St. Elijah's Monastery). It is a ruined monastery from 595AD. It is well worth the effort and gives you something different to do besides go to work, go to the DFAC or go to the gym.

    Dair Mar Elia Dair Mar Elia Dair Mar Elia

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    Babylon

    by Fang77 Written Sep 18, 2006

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    Go visit the (restored) ancient city of Babylon. This is probably the best thing Saddam Hussien did for Iraq. He had people try and resotre a bunch of the buildings and landscape of Babylon. His name and this restoration act by him are scribed in alot of the bricks used during restoration.....guess to make sure that people would know it was him who ordered this to be done??? Either way the gates are just what you see in the movie "Alexander"....big and very cool blue. Plus some ancient rubble lets you get the feel for the "old". Also some ancient colouseums are nearby too. And of course loveable young street merchants peddeling there goods are always a good time too!!
    However, As of this post however there is a war going on, so you might have to wait a while until things calm down. Lets hope they do soon.

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    Spiral Tower of Samarra

    by DunaKal Updated Nov 25, 2005

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    Samarra is believed to be a short for(surra man raa)an Arabic phrase which means (pleasent to look at).The tower is called (Al Manarah Al Malwiyah).from the 9th century.
    The spiral ramp seems to be inspired from the Tower of Babylon .
    The 17th-century mosque with its golden dome is sacred to Shia Muslims.

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    Iraqi People

    by american_tourister Written Jan 27, 2005

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    Folks think I am a warmonger, a killer, and that I hate Iraqis. It could not be further from the truth. They are very nice people and are very family oriented. I like them.

    There are some bad men out there doing great harm in the name of the Iraqi people but they sure as hell don't represent this man and his little boy. They just want a safe place to live.

    Man and Boy
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    Destroyed Iraqi Armor

    by american_tourister Written Jan 27, 2005

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    The USAF and the Army whalloped Saddam's vaunted Republican Guard. There is detoryed armor still littering the countryside. This photo was taken at 75 MPH on Highway 1 North of Baghdad back in May 2004.

    OOOPPPSSS!!!!!!
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    Shock and Awe!

    by american_tourister Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    The USAF kicked butt early on. They took out a lot of strategic spots in a lightning, surgical campaign that was designed to destroy the will to resist.

    There has been a lot of second guessing about the strategy since May of '04 but there is still no doubt that the bombing campaign did exactly what it was designed to do.

    Another of my self portraits
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  • The Halabja Monument

    by jkseddon Updated Oct 10, 2004

    The monument is only a few years old but is already showing signs of age, likely due to the bright sun beating down on it all the time.

    Inside is a collection of art and photos around the perimeter and the real 'memorial' part at the centre with a giant Kurdish flag rising to the top.

    Me at the Halabja memorial
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    Going to Iraq....You are...

    by OMR Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Going to Iraq....
    You are discovering 7000 years of history, the magic of the east, the glories of the ancient history…
    Babylon, Akad, Ashoor, Baghdad, Najaf, Mousel, Basrah and a lot of great places you have to visit…
    Babylon city, it is the earliest civilization in the world, it is the mystery of 7000 years.
    Baghdad, the nice warm city, the hot city with it’s people and it’s weather…
    Ninva , the Assyrians great city…
    Najaf, Karbal and Basrah…
    Irbil and Sulaimanyah…

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    see all the archeological...

    by fabrice Written Aug 24, 2002

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    see all the archeological places,there are plenty in iraq,such as babylone,ur,hatra,ninive,assur,ctesiphon;

    go also to the shiite cities,kerbala,an-nadjaf,with a strange atmosphere,you will feel that you are in iran;
    in the north,mossoul and the area is plenty of churches and christian communities

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  • You must see the museums in...

    by Silaf Written Aug 24, 2002

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    You must see the museums in Baghdad, the amusement parks and make sure you dont miss the shopping areas. They are everywhere.
    They have very interesting facts about the early Babylonian civilization and the parks are just too beautiful to miss.

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    Baghdad: The historic...

    by MProcher Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Baghdad: The historic buildings have been mostly restored or completed. This is a very problematic way of archeology. I was told - and I even absolutely agree - that a restoration that completes of may modifies an existing building should allways done so that a visitor can still see what is original and what is new on the first look!
    The two restored buildings in Baghdad that are interesting are the Mustansiriyya and the Caliph's palace.
    No matter you like the restoration or not - both buildings are worth a visit.

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    Hanging Out With My Chaps

    by EGerard Written Jul 15, 2009

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    These are actually pictures of my Soldiers in a variety of places, from Kuwait to Al Asad to Tikrit, Balad, Baghdad, a bunch of other places.

    Tenting Up Don't Worry, It's Just A Camelbak Joint Base Balad, Delivering General Cargo

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    Ziggarat

    by hen263 Written Aug 22, 2007

    Yep the old Ziggy. Located just outside the Tallil AB, home of Abe, husband of Ruth, father of Isiaac.

    The coolest thing about the Zig is there are sea shells all over the place.

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    Day excursion from Baghdad

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Mar 31, 2006

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    A place that you should not miss while in Baghdad is the amazing mosque of Samarra (see picture), like a zigurat

    Original mosque
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