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Iraq Collection

"Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Iraq

Background imageIraq Collection: Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank patrolling outside Basra, Iraq

Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank patrolling outside Basra, Iraq
Soldiers of 1 A Squadron, Queens Royal Lancers (QRL) patrolling outside Basra, Iraq onboard a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank during Operation Telic 4

Background imageIraq Collection: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards & Gulf War Tank

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards & Gulf War Tank
A charge by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiners & Greys) and a Commanding Officers Tank of the same regiment in action during the First Gulf War in Iraq. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageIraq Collection: Hanging Gardens Babylon

Hanging Gardens Babylon
Allegedly built by Nebushadnezzar II for his wife Amyitis, who missed her homeland, Iraq. They were grown on terraces & used water from the Euphrates River

Background imageIraq Collection: U. S. Air Force C-17 Globemasters in flight

U. S. Air Force C-17 Globemasters in flight
U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemasters like these provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa

Background imageIraq Collection: Political map of The Middle East

Political map of The Middle East
Vector illustration of the policital map of The Middle East Reference map was created by the US Central Intelligence Agency

Background imageIraq Collection: Mesopotamia, Ur, ziggurat

Mesopotamia, Ur, ziggurat

Background imageIraq Collection: Assyrian king in his chariot

Assyrian king in his chariot returning from battle. Color lithograph reproduction of a bas-relief sculpture from Nineveh

Background imageIraq Collection: A day with the Royal Corps of Signals

A day with the Royal Corps of Signals
An Army Land Rover patrol vehicle is silhouetted whilst operating with thee Royal Corps of Signals, testing the new Bowman equipment and shooting with them on the range

Background imageIraq Collection: Short C-Class flying boat VH-ABD of Qantas

Short C-Class flying boat VH-ABD of Qantas
Short S.23 C-Class (VH-ABD " CORIO" ) of Qantas Empire Airways, in flight, Basrah, 1939

Background imageIraq Collection: Babylons lion. Lion decorated the Processional Wal (Ishtar

Babylons lion. Lion decorated the Processional Wal (Ishtar Gate). 575 BC. Pergamon Museum. Museum Island. Berlin. Germany

Background imageIraq Collection: HMS Sedgefly, river gunboat, Mesopotamia, WW1

HMS Sedgefly, river gunboat, Mesopotamia, WW1
HMS Sedgefly, a British river Fly-class gunboat, on the River Tigris in Mesopotamia during the First World War. Date: circa 1916-1918

Background imageIraq Collection: Ishtar Gate

Ishtar Gate, Babylon, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: Ancient map of Persia, lithograph, published in 1877

Ancient map of Persia, lithograph, published in 1877
Ancient map of Persia. Lithograph, published in 1877

Background imageIraq Collection: Iraq - Tomb of Husayn Ibn Ali at Karbala

Iraq - Tomb of Husayn Ibn Ali at Karbala
Karbala (Karbala al-Muqaddasah) in Iraq - the Tomb/Shrine of Husayn ibn Ali - a holy site of Shiah Islam. It stands on the site of the grave of Husayn ibn Ali, the second grandson of Muhammad

Background imageIraq Collection: The Maidan (Square) at Kirkuk, Iraq

The Maidan (Square) at Kirkuk, Iraq. Kirkuk is the purported site of the tomb of the prophet Daniel. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageIraq Collection: Irish soldier in a trench, Mesopotamia, WW1

Irish soldier in a trench, Mesopotamia, WW1
A soldier with the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Faugh-a-Ballagh) in a trench in Mesopotamia (now Iraq), teases a Turkish sniper by raising a pith helmet on his rifle during the First World War

Background imageIraq Collection: Emir Faisal at Wejh (now in Saudi Arabia)

Emir Faisal at Wejh (now in Saudi Arabia)
Emir Faisal (1883-1933) at Wejh (now in Saudi Arabia) during the First World War. He later became Faisal I of Iraq. He directed the Arab revolt against the Ottomans in 1916

Background imageIraq Collection: Reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate

Reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate, entrance to archaeological site, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: Hanging Gardens / Babylon

Hanging Gardens / Babylon
Allegedly built by Nebushadnezzar II for his wife Amyitis, who missed her homeland, Iraq. They were grown on terraces & used water from the Euphrates River

Background imageIraq Collection: Two biplanes with resting crew, Iraq

Two biplanes with resting crew, Iraq
Two biplanes in the desert with their crew resting and drinking, somewhere in Iraq

Background imageIraq Collection: Two biplanes with ground support vehicles, Iraq

Two biplanes with ground support vehicles, Iraq
Two biplanes with ground support vehicles in the desert, somewhere in Iraq

Background imageIraq Collection: Babylonian wall tiles

Babylonian wall tiles, Babylon, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: Close-up of Bull of Adad and other symbols on the Ishtar Gate

Close-up of Bull of Adad and other symbols on the Ishtar Gate, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: Samarra Minaret

Samarra Minaret, Iraq

Background imageIraq Collection: Lalish capital of the Kurdish sect of the Yazidis in Iraq Kurdistan

Lalish capital of the Kurdish sect of the Yazidis in Iraq Kurdistan

Background imageIraq Collection: Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, Middle East

Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: Shar Park and Qaysari Bazaars, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, Middle East

Shar Park and Qaysari Bazaars, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: Persian pharmacy, 13th century artwork

Persian pharmacy, 13th century artwork
Persian pharmacy. 13th century Arabic artwork entitled The Preparation of Medicine from Honey. This image was produced in Baghdad, Iraq, whilst it was still part of the Persian Empire

Background imageIraq Collection: BP employee opening the flow valves

BP employee opening the flow valves
A British Petroleum employee opens the flow valves of an oil plant in the Middle East (likely to have been in Iraq or Iran)

Background imageIraq Collection: The Arch of Ctesiphon - Iraq

The Arch of Ctesiphon - Iraq
The gigantic vaulted hall (the Taq Kisra) at Ctesiphon, an ancient Parthian city located southeast of modern Baghdad. It is traditionally recognised as the palace of Khosrow I

Background imageIraq Collection: Babylonian wall tiles

Babylonian wall tiles, exhibited at the Turkey Museum, Istanbul, from Babylon, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: Tigris River

Tigris River, Baghdad, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: Bell Picnics in Iraq

Bell Picnics in Iraq
GERTRUDE M L BELL English traveller picnicking with King Faisal of Iraq, (seated, second right) in 1922

Background imageIraq Collection: Brit. Troops Moved by Air

Brit. Troops Moved by Air
British Sikh forces of occupation moved by air to crush the Kurdish insurrection

Background imageIraq Collection: Lion, Babylon

Lion, Babylon, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: The ziggurat at Ur

The ziggurat at Ur, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: Ziggurat in Sumerian city dating from around 4500-400BC

Ziggurat in Sumerian city dating from around 4500-400BC, Ur, Iraq, Middle East

Background imageIraq Collection: WW2 - A Kurdish Company of the Iraq Levies

WW2 - A Kurdish Company of the Iraq Levies: these local men who accompanied the British forces and collaborated with them in their attack on Rashid Alis troops at Habanniya Aerodrome

Background imageIraq Collection: Iraq, Kurdistan, Erbil, Shar park (City Center Park) and Qaysari Bazaars

Iraq, Kurdistan, Erbil, Shar park (City Center Park) and Qaysari Bazaars

Background imageIraq Collection: Cylinder of Cyrus the Great with text written in akkadian cu

Cylinder of Cyrus the Great with text written in akkadian cuneiform. Clay. Describes the conquest of Babylon in 539 BC and the capture of King Nabonidus by Cyrus the Great

Background imageIraq Collection: ILN cover - Kuwait and its ruler, 1961

ILN cover - Kuwait and its ruler, 1961
Front cover of The Illustrated London News featuring the ruler of Kuwait, H. H. Sheikh Sir Abdullah As-Salim As-Sabah with telegrams of support from Kuwaiti citizens

Background imageIraq Collection: Standard of Ur Babylonian art

Standard of Ur Babylonian art
The Standard of Ur. 2600 -2400 BC. Peace panel. Babylonian art. Mosaic. UNITED KINGDOM. ENGLAND. London. The British Museum. Proc: IRAQ. Ur

Background imageIraq Collection: Mideastern shepherd

Mideastern shepherd
Shepherd carrying a lamb in the Middle East. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageIraq Collection: Dynasties in the time of the Buwayids, circa 932 A. D. c1915. Creator: Emery Walker Ltd

Dynasties in the time of the Buwayids, circa 932 A. D. c1915. Creator: Emery Walker Ltd
Dynasties in the time of the Buwayids, circa 932 A.D. c1915. Map of civilisations in the Middle East during the 10th century: Byzantine, Buwayid Kingdom, Abbasid Caliphate, Kingdom of the Ikhshids

Background imageIraq Collection: RAF C17 Carrying Humanitarian Aid for Northern Iraq

RAF C17 Carrying Humanitarian Aid for Northern Iraq
A Royal Air Force C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton is refuelled before delivering humanitarian aid to Cyprus, for forwarding to Northern Iraq in support of Operation Shader

Background imageIraq Collection: Mesopotamia. Clay Tablet. Pictographs drawn. Iraq. Late Preh

Mesopotamia. Clay Tablet. Pictographs drawn. Iraq. Late Preh
Mesopotamia. Clay Tablet. Pictographs drawn. Early writing tablet recording the allocation of beer. Iraq. Late Prehistoric period. 3100-3000BC. British Museum. London. England. United Kingdom

Background imageIraq Collection: Neo-Sumerian. Statue of Gudea. Girsu, Iraq. 2120 BC. Cuneifo

Neo-Sumerian. Statue of Gudea. Girsu, Iraq. 2120 BC. Cuneifo
Mesopotamia. Neo-Sumerian. Ruler Gudea of state of Lagash. Diorita statue. From Girsu (modern Telloh). Iraq. 2120 BC. Cuneiform inscription. Detail. Museum of Louvre. Paris. France

Background imageIraq Collection: King Faisal I of Iraq

King Faisal I of Iraq
King Faisal bin Hussein bin Ali al-Hashimi (Faisal I) of Iraq (1885-1933)



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"Exploring the Rich Tapestry of Iraq: From Ancient Empires to Modern Warfare" Witness the power and might of the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank as it patrols outside Basra, Iraq, safeguarding its borders. The skies come alive with U. S. Air Force C-17 Globemasters in flight, delivering essential supplies and support to troops on the ground. Journey back in time with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards & Gulf War Tank, commemorating their heroic role during one of history's defining conflicts. Immerse yourself in ancient Mesopotamia as you envision an Assyrian king commanding his chariot through vast landscapes. Marvel at the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, a testament to human ingenuity and beauty that once graced this land. Gain insights into regional dynamics with a political map showcasing The Middle East's intricate web of nations and boundaries. Step aboard Qantas' Short C-Class flying boat VH-ABD for a glimpse into aviation history and its impact on connecting distant lands like Iraq. Experience a day filled with technological prowess alongside the Royal Corps of Signals as they navigate communication networks critical for military operations. Discover HMS Sedgefly, a formidable river gunboat from World War I that played a crucial role in Mesopotamia's turbulent waters. Uncover Emir Faisal's historic presence at Wejh (now in Saudi Arabia), where he laid foundations for modern-day Iraq amidst shifting alliances during WWI. Travel through time and admire the grandeur of Ishtar Gate – an iconic symbol representing Babylonian civilization’s artistic brilliance. Delve into antiquity with an ancient map depicting Persia’s sprawling territories; published over 140 years ago but still evoking wonder today. From captivating historical landmarks to contemporary military endeavors, Iraq beckons us to explore its multifaceted heritage and the resilience of its people.