Many referred to Basra as the Venice of the Middle East for its rivers, winding canals, and decorative gondola-shaped boats that bared exported goods and newlyweds.
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These pictures of Iraq 60 years ago will make you wish you lived thereknew Iraq at the time feel nostalgic and crush the stereotypes of those unfamiliar with it. 1. Basra was known as the 'Venice of the Middle East' The port city of Basra Source: Twitter/IraqPics <span>Many referred to Basra as the Middle Eastern Venice for its rivers, winding canals, and decorative gondola-shaped boats that bared exported goods and newlyweds. 2. Iraq had the highest literacy rate in the region Iraqi literacy campaign Source: Twitter Education was taken very seriously in Iraq, particularly under the Comprehensive National Lit
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