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Old Posted Dec 5, 2009, 5:18 PM
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Samawah, Iraq السماوة

as some of you know i went to Iraq last year. like Freki said in his Iraq thread i was hesitant to post photos due to the topic sparking political arguments. but seeing that his thread didn't devolve into that, i've decided to post my pics. also like Freki, there's a limitation on what i can say about events, personel and of course show in the pics, but feel free to ask.

and please save any political commentary for current events, PM or the bar.

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Samawah is the capitol of Muthanna Province in southern Iraq, on the Euphrates River. the population was 250,000 in 2005; i'd estimate it's over 300,000 now due to large urbanization...there's entire new districts to the city under construction.

i enjoyed working with the people of Muthanna; they were extremely nice, hardworking and optimistic. i look forward to going back and visiting one day.

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Some of the facade architecture is quite good.

Dig this cantilever...where's the backspan?

Thanks for posting these.
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Wow, Chevrolet Caprice is a pretty popular car over there!
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I'm glad you decided to post these.

Just wondering; were you apprehensive while driving around?
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Nice pictures. Were there any historic buildings there that you saw?

I have to say, this place looks pretty dumpy. I know that there's a war going on there, but I guess I was expecting a few pockets of wealth or whatnot.
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Excellent thread. . . thanks for posting. . .

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thanks for the replies.

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Wow, Chevrolet Caprice is a pretty popular car over there!
oh yeah...the most i've seen in one place other than West End Birmingham. the Toyota Crown's also all over the place.

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I'm glad you decided to post these.

Just wondering; were you apprehensive while driving around?
not really; security in Muthanna is very good. it was the first province to take control of its own security.

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Nice pictures. Were there any historic buildings there that you saw?

I have to say, this place looks pretty dumpy. I know that there's a war going on there, but I guess I was expecting a few pockets of wealth or whatnot.
there's a lot of Ottoman structures, some are seen in this thread.

Muthanna is the poorest province of Iraq, although they're working to change that. it's also the smallest population wise, and with a Shia majority, it was oppressed during the Baathist rule. 25 years of war and the embargo really hurt the nation; before Saddam, Iraq was on track to have a western Europe standard of living within a decade or two.

there are some pockets of wealth in the pics, although a lot of it has gone towards farm villas outside the city. there's a BMW in pic 28. check out the house in 44.

one of my friends said it reminded him of Mexico.

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I can't imagine living with that dust. Love the tour. I'm always amazed as much by the similarities (The chevy's and Pepsi and Watermelons) as I am the difference. I don't know why I wouldn't expect them to like watermelon in Iraq, but it's nice to see.
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Interesting pics, even if it looks pretty bad since the war. I know there are some more wealthy areas, but I'm not sure how much is left of them.

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Yes, there seems to be more American cars than in America. I also noticed some Volvos and a Volvo truck in some pics, I didn't know it was sold in Iraq.
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Excellent tour, LSyd! Can't say I'd want to visit the place, but it's always very nice to see parts of the world most of us just don't have a chance to see most of the time!

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very interesting thread - thanks - it's just good to see some of the 'normal' iraq and how it looks...
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thanks y'all.

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I can't imagine living with that dust. Love the tour. I'm always amazed as much by the similarities (The chevy's and Pepsi and Watermelons) as I am the difference. I don't know why I wouldn't expect them to like watermelon in Iraq, but it's nice to see.
oh yeah, the sandstorms are hellacious.

one of my favorite similarities was the Iraqi love for video games.

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one of my favorite similarities was the Iraqi love for video games.
Interesting considering my first thought was how well this video game captured the look of Iraq in your photos:

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Must be weird for an Iraqi to play that.

Great photos, thanks.
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looks like a place that i never ever, ever, ever want to go to. But thanks.
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Wow. Definitely interesting. Makes me hungry for a shawarma.
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Interesting stuff, while still poor it looks like considerable better off than the "deep south" with those large homes and fancy glass facades

Thanks for sharing mate!

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Iraq's car park is made up of 3 cars - the Chevy Caprice, the Toyota Hilux and the Toyota Crown
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