Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Marshes in Southern Iraq

Have you seen the Marshes in Southern Iraq before? Then have a look!

Friday, November 18, 2005

From two different places in one day

At the site where two suicide car bombers detonated vehicles in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, in a residential district, and near a hotel housing foreign journalists.

People gather inside the heavily damaged Khanaqin Grand Mosque after a suicide attacker walked into the mosque and detonated himself in the middle of a group of people, in Khanaqin, Iraq, Friday, Nov.18, 2005.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Floweres From Iraq

Photos of floweres from Iraqi gardens. Thank you, Tara for those photos :)

Sunday, November 13, 2005


Entrance to the ancient city of Babylon. This gate is a smaller modern reproduction
of the Ishtar Gate.

Original layout of Babylon

Outer walls of ancient palace compound. The bricks in the lower quarter of
the wall are original construction. The bricks above that are modern
construction, done by Saddam. Much of the original city has been covered
by sand over the centuries. The archway visible here was once the top of
a 12 foot high doorway.

View of Saddam's palace from the ruins of Nebuchanezzar's palace.

Overview of the North Palace.

Another view of the old and the new

A few bricks are in the original walls that bear cuneiform writing, which says
that the city was built by Nebuchanezzar around 600 BC.

Saddam included bricks in the new construction, saying that he was
responsible for rebuilding the city in the 1990s.

The Ishtar Gate is protected by two gods. This one is Marduk.

And this one is known as Vale

The famous Lion of Babylon's head was blown off by Nazis, who suspected
that the statue had a core of gold.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Iraq's Monuments & Statues

Sculpture at Baghdad International Airport.

Presidential palace fountain.

At the Republican Guard Headquarters, behind
the presidential palace.

Tribute to Iraqi soldiers.


So much of Iraq's history is characterized by war and military
activity, that most of the monuments that don't honor
Saddam Hussain, are tributes to military heroes.

Tribute to Iraqi Air Force pilots who fought in Iran-Iraq war.
The conquered aircraft is an actual Iranian fighter jet shot down
in eastern Iraq. The building in the background was formerly
the Iraqi Air Force headquarters and served as a U.S. Embassy
in the 1960s.


Monument to Monsour in the Baghdad district that bears
his name.


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This large circular structure resembles
a warrior's shield dropped on the ground after he has received a
fatal blow.

Ali Baba's wife pouring hot oil into the pots where the 40 thieves were hiding.

The Arch of Victory in Baghdad


The Martyrs Monument, known as the Shaheed Monument, was built to honor the 1 million+
Iraqis killed in the eight year-long Iran-Iraq war. All the names of the dead soldiers are carved
into stone walls below ground level.

And so many more!