Iraqi Kurds See Irbil’s Ancient Citadel as Future Tourist Draw

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IRBIL, Iraq — Take a walk up to the gates of the ancient citadel thrusting from the heart of this Kurdish regional capital and it’s clear that a city-wide makeover is in progress. Fancy new hotels and foreign-built office buildings rise above the din of diesel trucks and clatter of men at work. Then turn around and look inside the fortress itself. All is quiet, save for a few peshmerga guards making tea. Police tape cordons off its deserted warrens and piles of cinderblock lay idle — for the moment. Kurdish authorities have big plans for the site they insist […]


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