The World's Most Dangerous Countries

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Terrorism and civil war haven’t stopped certain countries from promoting tourism and running tours. Is the risk worth the trip?

Iraq

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The Allure: Iraq is simply one huge museum, with 10,000–12,000 important archaeological and historical sites, depending on who’s counting. Among the highlights are the site of ancient Babylon, the first-century ruins of Hatra, and the 4,000-year-old Ziggurat at Ur.

The Warning: Suicide bombings, grenades tossed onto cars from overpasses, land mines placed in roads, rockets and mortars fired at hotels: Is it any wonder the State Department travel warning says Iraq is “very dangerous”?

Go or No? Unless you’re with the U.S. government or military, consider Iraq off-limits. Nevertheless, Atlas Travel & Tourist Agency in Amman, Jordan, can get travelers in.

 

The World's Most Dangerous Countries

Iraq

The Allure: Iraq is simply one huge museum, with 10,000–12,000 important archaeological and historical sites, depending on who’s counting. Among the highlights are the site of ancient Babylon, the first-century ruins of Hatra, and the 4,000-year-old Ziggurat at Ur.

The Warning: Suicide bombings, grenades tossed onto cars from overpasses, land mines placed in roads, rockets and mortars fired at hotels: Is it any wonder the State Department travel warning says Iraq is “very dangerous”?

Go or No? Unless you’re with the U.S. government or military, consider Iraq off-limits. Nevertheless, Atlas Travel & Tourist Agency in Amman, Jordan, can get travelers in.

 

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