National Geographic : 1941 Aug
©FoxPhotos Rutba, Overnight Stop on the Baghdad-Damascus Trail, Lies Near the Transdesert Path ofIraq Oil Pipe Lines Medieval in aspect, this British post was originally fortified against nomad raids. In 1941 it was attacked by Iraq troops. Here theauthors rested, onaflight from London to the Near East. To pool's right are low, black goat-hair tents of wandering desert tribes. From a plane you seecamel paths converging here, likea map of railroads entering St. Louis or Chicago (page 171). This important post owes its position to the wells underthe white roof.