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Amer (from RISE Foundation) and I share a sheesha - Erbil, Kurdish Region, Iraq  
   

Amer (from RISE Foundation) and I share a sheesha - Erbil, Kurdish Region, Iraq

The Calm Within an Iraqi Storm

February 13th 2013
Images of charred remains, bloodied bodies and wailing survivors filled my television screen. BBC World was reporting yet another bombing in Kirkuk. I looked down at my computer screen where the payment page for my flight to Erbil in the Kurdish Region of Iraq was displayed. Erbil is a mere 100 kilometres from Kirkuk. I glanced again at the violent images on the screen, “Damn it,” were the onl ... read more
Middle East » Iraq » North » Arbil

Iraqi Flag Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a... ... read more
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24th February 2013

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
Having heard your dreams & plans to enter Iraq when we were together in Vietnam, I am delighted you persisted...and got there. Even pleased for you there were obstacles...as you thus learnt how to unlock the doors...and be rewarded for your determination. Your hand pump said it all. Looking forward to hearing what other doors you have unlocked...in what to many is a closed country. Keep smiling Shane & keep safe.

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