Restoration Planned for Ancient Arch (Iraq)

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In an attempt to restore national pride and tourism to one of the oldest landmarks in Iraq, American Paratroopers and Iraqi Army (IA) Soldiers discussed plans for renovating the area here surrounding the famous Arch of Ctesiphon, Aug. 5.

The all-brick arch was built nearly 16 centuries ago and is one of the oldest free standing arches in the world. But years of neglect and war in the region have transformed the once popular attraction into an IA outpost surrounded by acres of trash and rubble.

However, as conditions here continue to improve, a new effort to renovate the area was discussed between U.S. and IA officials during the recent site assessment.

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