Torn between its glorious past and the turmoil of its recent bloody history, Iraq is a country of contradictions. It is the birthplace of writing and the legendary home of the Garden of Eden, Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Epic of Gilgamesh. But it is also a place of unimaginable horrors.
Since the 2003 US-led invasion, Iraq has been caught in a cycle of violence. Although there is finally some light at the end of the long, black tunnel, with the exception of Iraqi Kurdistan much of Iraq remains too dangerous for independent travellers. The future is far from certain, but with its rich history and warm hospitality, Iraq could soon become one of the great travel destinations of the Middle East, insha’ Allah.
Due to the unstable security situation, we were unable to independently travel outside of Iraqi Kurdistan to update information. Arab Iraq is currently off limits to independent travellers, so research for this part of the country was done using local contacts, the internet and other sources.