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Iraq is a country located in Western Asia, bordered by the countries of Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria on all sides. The country has an autonomous region called Iraqi Kurdistan, and has a population of 36 million. The capital and largest city of the country, Baghdad, is located in the north-eastern part of the country. Recently, Iraq faced instability issues which have led to wars against the United States and civil wars in the Middle East. 

 

What to see & do

Babylon – while significantly damaged during the recent wars, the historical site of Babylon still holds heaps of stories and historical value. The city, which is previously the capital of Babylonia, is located on the western bank of the Euphrates River, approximately fifty miles south of the city centre of Baghdad. It is famous for the wonders of the ancient world, including the Tower of Babel, and the Hanging Gardens. Rehabilitation works are underway to restore and repair what was destroyed during the war, and grants have been provided to continue the archaeological excavations in the area. 

Ur of Chaldees – Ur is believed to be the birthplace of Abram (alternately Abraham), father of Isaac who fathered the fathers of the 12 tribes of Israel according to Genesis (the first book of the Bible). The site is revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike as sacred, and it remained as the capital of Sumeria for three dynasties. The tombs of the early Sumerian kings still remain well-preserved after their discovery in 1929, and are still often visited. 

Ctesiphon – the city of Ctesiphon was constructed in the second century B.C. By the Parthians, peoples of the Parthian Kingdom whom are said to have originated in north-eastern Iran. The site consists of the world's largest single-span arch made from mud and bricks, which is part of the Parthian palace that was built in the sixth century. Currently, the museum that was in Ctesiphon was closed due to looting during the war, and the arch is fenced off because of the fear of collapse. 

Hatra – located some 180 miles north of Baghdad, Hatra is an archaeological that was once the centre of trade

and religion for the Parthian Empire during the first and second centuries B.C. It was the first Arab capital in the area, and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remaining as an informative example of a circular fortified city. Hatra remains a major historical place in Iraq because it has the best preserved sites of the Parthian Empire, with influences of Eastern architecture, mainly Roman and Greek. 

 

How to get around within Iraq

Shared taxis are considerably the safest way to travel in Iraq, especially in Iraqi Kurdistan. Drivers are mostly not interested in leaving the Kurdistan province, so travellers are pretty safe here. Drivers who opt to transfer to various cities are pretty much careful. Buses are present but are rare, and they usually only travel within the Kurdistan province. Meanwhile, driving during the day is relatively safer than driving at night.

 

How to get there

The Baghdad International Airport is the country's largest airport, located in a suburb about 16 kilometres west of downtown Baghdad in the Baghdad Governorate. It is the home base for Iraq's national airline, Iraqi Airways, and Al-Naser Airlines. The airport is also used for military purposes. Currently, a few international services have suspended their flights to Iraq due to the country's instability. Many countries have issued travel advisories for its citizens who are planning on travelling to Iraq. Most of these countries advise its citizens to avoid travelling to the countries unless absolutely necessary, and that leisure travel is most certainly not allowed. Airlines that are actively serving the airport include Air Caucasus, Austrian Airlines, Bosnian Wand Airlines, EgyptAir, Iran Air, Mahan Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanina, and Zagros Airlines. 

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