Middle East



Visiting Iraq is hardly top of the list for many travelers, though there are a few attractions such as the ruins of the mythical city of Babylon – once home to the eponymous Hanging Gardens – and a former palace of Saddam Hussein near by.

The northern autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan is becoming more popular with tourists, and was explored by Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler way back in 2006.

If you do want to visit Iraq, it’s important to do your research thoroughly beforehand, and our article, How to: Travel to Iraq without getting killed, has a ton of tips for staying safe in the country. We also have some eye-opening dispatches from a Glimpse correspondent who worked for British mercenaries in Iraq.

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