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04-17-08, 07:20 AM

The Carousel
Posted By Blackfive

A carousel in Habbaniyah's Tourist Village rests dormant and in a state of disrepair April 6, but provides testament to better times in the once-popular vacation and honeymoon spot. Families and newlyweds frequented the resort in the 1980s, and Tourist Village continued to attract tourists throughout the Middle East until the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Some of the necessary repairs and planning have begun with help from Marines with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division – deployed to Camp Taqaddum with the 1st Marine Logistics Group – but Marine and Iraqi officials said further improvements to the existing facilities must be made to bring the resort back to its former prominence. (U.S. Marine Corps photograph/Cpl. Jason W. Fudge)