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Iraq

Post by Shavenhead » Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:25 pm

Now that peace has finally broken out in Iraq, thanks to Donald Trump, is it now a viable travel destination?

I guess there's still the off chance of being blown to pieces in a car bomb explosion, but it might be worth the risk considering the interesting antiquities and landscapes on offer.
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Re: Iraq

Post by 5waldos » Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:53 pm

I would think that the tourist infrastructure might be a bit shaky still. That being said I would love to visit the marshlands which I understand are beginning to make a comeback/ apparently the birds are returning although I would guess that the culture is gone forever.

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Re: Iraq

Post by Shavenhead » Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:50 pm


"Don't be attracted to easy paths because the paths that make your feet bleed are the only way to get ahead in life" Saddam Hussein

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Re: Iraq

Post by Lost Soul » Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:37 am

The archaeological sites (~100,000 of them) have mostly been ravaged. Even the national museum was ravaged. The ancient cities are still there, they're just 'different'.


This is Umma, with the recent looting holes, in 2006.

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Umma Tel Jokha

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And then there is the vandalism that ISIS did to everything.

This is Apamea in 2011-

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And Apamea in 2012-

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Re: Iraq

Post by Boinkity_Boink » Thu May 17, 2018 6:18 pm

A family from my kids' school went on a family vacation to Iraq a few (like 5) years ago. They're balls to the wall muslims, and of Indian origin, and citizens of this country, if that makes any difference. You really thinking of going, or just making chat? Aintcha got anywhere else to go in the next few years?

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Re: Iraq

Post by strife » Thu May 17, 2018 7:08 pm

I'd like to see Kurdistan.
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Re: Iraq

Post by bundes » Thu May 17, 2018 10:41 pm

strife wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 7:08 pm
I'd like to see Kurdistan.

I went to Erbil in 2015.

Really good food.

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Re: Iraq

Post by micvan » Sat May 19, 2018 4:10 pm

What did you do for refreshments Bundes?

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Re: Iraq

Post by Lime_Pickle » Mon May 21, 2018 4:39 pm

My middle brother loves in Erbil and loves it.
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Re: Iraq

Post by Electrolyte » Wed May 30, 2018 4:05 pm

It would be cool to see, but there are lots of other places that are also cool where the chances of dying or being kidnapped are lower.

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Re: Iraq

Post by leela » Wed May 30, 2018 8:25 pm

Parts of Iraq have been fine for travel for ages. A company taking tours to Iraq had had a stand at the biggest London travel show for as long as I've been going. Which is probably about 20 years.
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Re: Iraq

Post by GLimpet » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:18 am

There was only a brief period when IS got close enough to Erbil to worry anyone. Most visitors like it there.

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