Baghdad is the capital of Iraq and the second largest city in the Arab world after Cairo in Egypt. It has a population of over 7.2 million. It has suffered severe damage to its infrastructure brought about by war and sectarian violence that has lasted for 10 years now. It is one of the least hospitable places in the world and has one of the worst quality of living as well.
Fires from coalition bombing during the second war in Iraq provided a dramatic, smoke-filled satellite Landstat image over Baghdad. The Tigris River snakes north to south in this image. Baghdad International Airport is west of the smoke. April 2, 2003
The Persian Gulf War began on January 16, 1991. At 4:30 p.m. EST, the first fighter aircraft were launched from Saudi Arabia and off U.S. and British aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf on bombing missions over Iraq. All evening, aircraft pounded targets in and around Baghdad as the world watched the events transpire in television footage transmitted live via satellite from Baghdad.