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Capital of Iraq with 5 millions inhabitants, situated in the interior of the country on the river Tigris at the point where land transportation meets river transportation.
Baghdad is a real city, not just a large town, and its lights are still twinkling in the river at half past one in the morning. It is the river that 'makes' Baghdad. The Tigris, brown and swift, is the heart and soul of the City of the Caliphs.
For- one might as well declare it at once- Baghdad is not a city of stately majesty. It is not ornate and grand. It is, so to speak, a water color, not an oil painting. It is flat and dusty - indeed, from time to time it is enveloped in maddening storms that fling dust into your room, your car, food, eyes, ears, mouth. Baghdad has muted values.
It is an ancient city struggling awkwardly to be modern. If it lacks glamour, it has considerable charm. And if even the charm must be delved for, to me such delving seems worthwhile because, more than many cities, Baghdad reflects the most unusual, country that frames it. Iraq, after all, is the old, old Mesopotamia of Sumer, Babylon, Assyria, of the glorious sun-burst of the Abbasid Empire of Harun al Rashid, of Persian intrusions, and the affliction of four hundred dead years of Turkish rule. In other words, Baghdad is the still-beating heart of a former cradle of civilization, a country as historically dramatic as Ancient Greece or the Nile Valley.


Baghdad was the center of the Muslim world during the years while the Caliphate stayed in Baghdad, starting in the 760s (Baghdad was started being constructed in 763) running up to 1258.
It was destroyed by the advancing Mongols in 1258.
Baghdad was made capital of Iraq in 1921, from when it started to grow again.

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  • Jun 23, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    perfect services bcose i work in 1991 but i didnt have the internatonal award becos of the probl there plz can u send it for me mail my mail is khoder_damen@hotmail.com tnx for ur comprension.

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    Jul 28, 2004 at 2:05 AM

    Excellent pages. Very informative. SALAM! That's what I wish for you. A safe and peacefull place where you can live your life, the way you feel comfortable.

  • skye820's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2004 at 10:01 AM

    Excellent start to this page! I look forward to more of your work.

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    May 16, 2004 at 12:15 PM

    I sincerely hope that the fighting will be over soon and that I wil get to see the heart of Baghdad.

  • benazer's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2004 at 7:57 AM

    Thanks Omar enjoyed your interesting page,hope more to come insallah. Azer in England.

  • pigletsmom's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2004 at 7:33 AM

    Thanks for sharing your fascinating and historical country with VT.

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    Feb 19, 2004 at 3:03 PM

    Hi Omar! Thanks for your page. Sunny greetings from a Swiss-girl

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    Jan 23, 2004 at 4:03 AM

    Hi Omar, nteresting page! Here in Germany we only have the info about how Iraq is moving on from our medias view. Well, I wish you and your whole country all the best and a prospering future! Holger from Munich in Germany

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    Oct 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

    It's finally nice to read about this place from a local perspective! Thanx!

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    Jul 3, 2003 at 7:11 AM

    mahsal khair! your country looks beautiful, i have a few mates working as paramedics on the iraq-kuwaiti border, enshallah i may come there when they start recruiting nurses. Bec :-)


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