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    Lounge booze in Bahrain

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    Local - he beat me at chess in cafe


    Dokan Lake - looking east - Iran is 35KM away

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    Road to Dokan from Erbil - 90 km trip.


    Divert valve on dam - water level in lake is too low for electricity generation

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    Two lads from Iraqi national triathlon team - I stayed at there dorm in Dokan for a night

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    Citadel - Erbil city centre Great place to drink tea and get a shoe shine

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    Textile museum in Citadel Erbil. Mostly rugs post war. They have a shop too. Very cheap - about half best prices I ever managed to get in Istanbul


    Money changer and sim cards - $7 us

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    Soldier (well boy scout with AK?) in Erbil

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    Money!






    The result of Saddam's 'restoration'

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    The dam was hit by four bombs in 1991. Eye witnesses report two spotter planes shining laser like lights at targets before impacts. Damage was minor and seems only the transformers and ancilliaries were targetted. The collapse of the dam would put Baghdad under 4M of water according to the Resident engineer at the time.

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    These are the snaps off my I phone - I'll post the camera pics when I can get hold of a bloody cable......

    Had a fanatastic holiday. An amazing country - I felt safer than in Thailand.

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    Suleymaniya juice bar


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    Palace Hotel Suleymaniya - $100 / night inc breakfast. Right next to old town


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    early evening in Suleymaniya old town


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    overflow at Dokan Lake


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    One of the five turbines inside Dokan Dam - Soviet makers plate. They still work but controls are being replaced with new Italian modules


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    The control room inside dam


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    Dam seen from downstream. Note camouflage paint on turbine hall at base


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    Local law enforcement in the village


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    Sign post cycling out of town - to Halabja. As many as 5,000 people were gassed to death on March 16, 1988. I played pool and smoked hookah pipes with three lads whose dad had died 10 years ago from its after effects. They insisted on paying for my tea and the smoke.


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    Map of Iraq's national grid in turbine hall of dam


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    Guard house - three guards sprang out clutching AK47s soon after I snapped this. They were a bit jumpy but a smile and thumbs up and they calmed down. They refused to pose for photos. Note peshmerga graffiti on wall.


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    Breakfast. $4us including tea. I left a dollar tip - they'd refused payment for my dinner the night before.


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    liking this , more please
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