Anyone been here?
Apparently you don't even need a visa to go there and get a 15 day entry stamp on arrival.
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Spent a week in Erbil last January.
Pretty cool. Bazaar and the Citadel were exciting. Felt pretty safe the whole time, honestly. Learn some basic Kurdish and Arabic phrases before you go. Turkish might help too.
> the Peshmerga played a vital role in security for Kurdistan and other parts of Iraq. Not a single coalition soldier or foreigner has been killed, wounded or kidnapped in Kurdistan since the invasion of Iraq in 2003
Sounds good anon. Though Erbil is pretty close to Mosul
>I'm trying to go to Rojava
I would think the risks outweigh anything you'd see there, but I imagine it could be an experience.
Where would you be staying? There are few parts of it that aren't near a danger zone.
Erbil is relatively safe from what I know, but this is honestly a terrible time to visit the area. I'd try in a few years OP.
I went in June of 2013. Erbil isn't too close to Mosul, but you do have to pass by relatively close if you're traveling overland from Turkey rather than flying in directly. I didn't have any problems whilst there and found the people to be amazingly hospitable, kind, and curious. I'm not sure whether I'd go back now, but I don't think the area is dangerous to such an extent as to consider travel in the KRG to be inherently dangerous.
This. I'm planning a trip overland from Istanbul to Bandar Abbas and I was thinking about popping down into Kurdistan for a while, but this and a Christian monastery a 2 hour drive away from Erbil seemed to be the only interesting features I could find.
Diaspora Iraqi Kurd here. Both Erbil and Sulaymaniyah are worth visiting, especially during the summers. Both are very safe cities so there's not much to worry about. Sulaymaniyah is considered a bit more liberal, there's clubs and stuff like that. Iranians often cross the border to party.
Kurdish girls are one of the best appearance wise imo., very similar to Iranian ones. And some of them do, yeah. I haven't been there for a few years but a friend of mine who visited recently said that there's some really slutty ones, but discretion is a big thing there.
They adore western culture and try to imitate as much as possible.
Honor killings in big cities such as Erbil and Sulaymaniyah are very rare, it's much more common in backwards villages where the Arab influence still persists.
I'd imagine so, I heard rumour that they pay the Iraqi visa fees for you when you want to head back, so not doing a full stint is really rather rude imo
Well.. sorta not really
Rojava is in northern Syria, or as the locals would call it, Western Kurdistan. They're currently fighting against the Islamic State and for independence of sorts. They have some pretty unique political views and are after people to help them setup a secular, autonomous, stateless, region within Syria and they're after anyone that can help them(doctors, engineers, information specialists, etc) but they're open to anyone who wants to come. Most foreigners go to fight alongside the YPG (People's Protection Units) against IS and soon AQ's Syrian branch - Jahbet alNusra - in the coming campaign this spring where they'll attempt to link up the Kurdish pockets once and for all along the Turkish boarder.
I may or may not be travelling there later on this yeah with a bunch of /k/ommandos :^)
That's their official website with all the info, if you want updates and pics check out their facebook and the facebooks of some of the fighters as well as the Middle East (M.E.) threads on /k/ and /pol/ for regular updates on the happenings
There are currently two LoR FB pages, don't know which is legit, only contact them through the email given on the site if you're interested, and if you're interesting in coming along with us:
(make a new email account)
Mostly grunt work on the front, A LOT of translation, some specified skill if you have them (open source programming, bioengineering), PR work with your home country and teaching.
Oh, I'll be the one who likes map if we ever meet.
>are you serious guys ?
Go to /k/
They have threads every so often where tripfags tell their soldier of fortune stories in Kurdistan, and show pics of shit like holding RPGs and SVDs, along with timestamped images of themselves to prove it.
Shit, we actually had one tripfag posting during a motherfucking battle from a satellite internet connection near Kobani, including showing us almost real-time shifts in the front line using a combination of screenshots of google maps and Microsoft paint.
Hey /trv/, got linked here from /k/.
Visited Duhok during my tour in Iraq (06/07), was mostly around Mosul and Tal Afar though.
Duhok was awesome, beautiful and the people were very friendly. The worst thing that happened was we got flipped off, seriously.
We had a great lunch with our Terp's family, grabbed some supplies we were sent up there for and headed back.
My guys went back up there for a couple days while I was on mid-tour, apparently they had a damn good time.
Ah that's cool, certainly different lol, Yeah me too I guess, not looking forward to the 8 weeks of bad econ and feminst theory though haha
Are you a /k/ommando? What are you taking with you? Gear, medical supplies, comforts etc? I'm have a loose packing list in my head but it's great to hear other's ideas, completely stumped on what bag to get
>I may or may not be travelling there later on this yeah with a bunch of /k/ommandos :^)
Good luck to you /k/omrade, I tried organising a trip in late 2014 with about 35 others but everyone bar one Canadian dude backed out at the last minute. As much as I like that board, they're mostly all talk so don't trust them til you meet them. Take pictures if you do go!
Oh damn, didn't realise others had attempted the same thing!
We're only a small group, 4 core guys plus about 4 more satellites who I'm not counting on tbqh, but I'm quite confident about the main group, we're organizing to meet up and get some training at the moment. If you're still interested in heading over (or anyone else for that matter), hit us up at:
Still trying to convince fucking LoR to let me go but they closed the admissions so I jumped on the Rojava Plan ship but they take forever to answer and my visa expires in one week. FUUUU
Wasting good potential there... [spoiler]I even made a website for the french branch ;____;[/spoiler]
>=== IMPORTANT ===
>Due to difficulties in bringing people over the border we do not take any applications at the moment. The war in northern Kurdistan and the embargo are taking their toll.
>We will update you on the situation here within two weeks time. Until then our recruitment service is closed. Please be patient and do not send any applications.
>If you want to come and participate in Rojava, then please check out the group Rojava Plan.
Even Rojava Plan is having troubles with their contact on the ground, pushing some mid-Frebruary groups to early march.
It's related to that I guess:
>you people are indoctrinated as fuck
Maybe its you thats brainwashed, if you even bothered researching the topic before posting this ignorant pile of shit you'd realise that YPG is a Kurdish militia directly opposed to the Islamic state. The YPG is supported by many western nations alongside the Peshmerga. These are the good guys or at least as good as your going to get in the war.
Why should you give a shit about what some anon does anyway?
>They're not ISIS, so they must be pretty swell guys!
If three world governments, including two of the largest, declare them as terrorist groups, they are terrorist groups. You are indoctrinated as fuck and are thinking, "it's all politics, maaan, fucking politics. These are good guys, but fucking politics paints them as criminals." That is the indoctrination speaking.
>mixing PKK and PYD
>being a Turk
Stop this god damn foreign fighter circlejerk. Go to /pol/, /int/, /k/, wherever. This is a travel thread you knobheads.
Serious question: Anyone been to Kirkuk recently? Is it safe for a westerner? I'm thinking in regards to terrorism, kidnapping and violent crime. I'd only stay for a day, max two, and I'd get contacts there beforehand. I've lived in the Middle East and I speak intermediate Arabic, so I won't be completely out of my depths (I think).
Not recently, but I was there a few years ago when it was under central government control. I just rocked up speaking little to no Arabic and having no contacts, and ended up getting kicked out by the army on my first night there due to safety reasons. It was definitely not safe then (suicide bombings the day I was there) but I don't know if it's improved at all.