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While Iraq contains ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, it has been ravaged by war and oppression for the last century. Iraq is the birthplace of many of the Earth’s oldest civilizations, including the Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians and Babylonians.

*Baghdad — capital of Iraq.

Travel in Iraq remains extremely dangerous and strongly discouraged. The security situation throughout Iraq remains uncertain, and could deteriorate quickly. Terrorist tacks and kidnapping are continuing.

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One can only hope that this great and ancient region soon sees increased security and stability, for it makes a fascinating travel destination for anyone interested in history, be it in ancient history 4,000 years old, medieval Islamic and later Ottoman history, or the modern history of the early 21st century.

::: Source: Kara and Nate

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