I didn’t think it would be possible to make it into Iraq as an individual traveler, but it is!  A chance encounter in Damascus last year put me in touch with a woman from England who travels during  retirement.  She told me about Hinterland Travels and Geoff Hann.  Geoff has traveled to Iraq for over 30years and has permission from the Iraqi government to take small groups of tourists to travel the country.  We will be heading all the way North to Mosul and all the way South to Basra.  We are scheduled to see about 80 % of what I would want to see in Iraq.  If I had my way I would take 6 weeks for a trip like this and travel with the locals, but we will have to be done in 16 days and will be taking our own bus.  Wow, what a whirlwind this will be!  ET