Life After ISIS: Visiting Mosul and Hatra

Life After ISIS: Visiting Mosul and Hatra

Life After ISIS Visiting Mosul and Hatra Life After ISIS: Visting Mosul and Hatra   During the final assault by US-backed forces to retake Mosul from ISIS in 2017, I happened to be in Bashiqua, a village 20 km away.  This was completely by accident – I’d...
Babylon: Visiting the Fabled City

Babylon: Visiting the Fabled City

Babylon Visiting the Fabled City Babylon: Visiting the Fabled City   Babylon is probably the most famous place in the whole of Iraq, despite the fact that the hanging gardens are long gone.  Archeologists aren’t even sure that they were actually in Babylon! ...
Samarra: Climbing the Malwiya Minaret

Samarra: Climbing the Malwiya Minaret

Samarra Climibing the Malwiya Minaret Samarra: Climbing the Malwiya Minaret   The Malwiya minaret is one of the most iconic buildings in Iraq and was the highlight of my 3 week trip to the country.  It’s beautiful, terrifying if you have vertigo and located in...