As Iraq gradually settles down, it will be possible for visitors to return in bulk. At the moment, only the Kurdish-controlled north could be considered ï¿½safeï¿½, and tourism is growing. Two international airports already receive planeloads of visitors from Europe, and the border with Turkey is one of the busiest crossing points in the world. ITMB has been involved with mapping Iraq since before the first Gulf War, when they provided the only map of Iraq then in print. By the time of the second war, commonly called the Iraq War, ITMB had a more sophisticated map, but one that had to be prepared under extremely trying circumstances. The third edition came out after the allies had occupied the country, but before it was safe for anyone but the most foolhardy to go there. This edition updates and improves upon all earlier editions. In addition, they have replaced the separate map of Baghdad with new artwork that is both up-to-date and will be responsive to changes as they unfold. Make no mistake ï¿½ Iraq is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the near future, as a bulwark against Iran, if for no other reason, but the country we call Iraq is undergoing some fundamental changes, and they want to be able to portray those new directions as they take place; hence the urgent need ITMB felt to update the artwork for both the country and its capital simultaneously. This is one of the most important maps that ITMB produces. Not its most popular, to be sure, but by the measurement of significance, there are few places in the world more pivotal to the worldï¿½s unfolding historical development. Saddam Hussein was right: the Mother of All Battles was about to be undertaken. Little could he know that he was only a bit player in the drama that swept everything he believed in into the dustpan of history and transformed the entire Middle East, but the past several years really have seen the Mother of All Battles, and it isnï¿½t over yet ï¿½ not by a long shot, and not being fought in Iraq any more.
Printed on paper, with Iraq on one side and Baghdad on the other
|Publisher||ITMB Publishing Ltd|
|Series||ITMB Travel Maps|
|Product Type||Folded Map|
|Scale||Scale 1:1 200 000; 1:25 000 Baghdad|
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