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When will tourists return to Iraq?

MSNBC asks the question: when will tourism return to Iraq? It’s definitely on my list of places to go, but the only reason I’m not a tourist there right now is money.

“Tourism was flourishing in Babel. Tourists from all nationalities used to visit,” said the 69-year-old retiree, who worked as a guard and photographer at Iraq’s most famous tourist site. “Now tourism in Babylon is not so good.”

Tourism is considered a potential gold mine for a nation widely known as the cradle of civilization but still fighting a stubborn insurgency and trying to recover from decades of war.

The sector has been badly neglected and needs huge investment to spruce up sites and build hotels and services.

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Story: Aseel Kami, Reuters | Photo: Maya Alleruzzo, AP

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