Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Iraq's iron graveyard
Amid the desert’s howling winds and forsaken dunes rests an iron ruin – the Iraqi tank graveyard. The graveyard, near Al Jahrah, Kuwait in the Rheris Valley is one of many timeless reminders of the devastating outcome of war, both to humans and to the environment. Tanks and other wreckage left behind by defeated troops during the war remained on the battlefield.
The tanks were collected into 'tank graveyards' like this one, north west of Jahra. This area is full of hundreds of tanks, trucks, artillery pieces and other heaps of rusted & busted metal. They’re not just pieces of metal; in some cases, they’re coffins, relics and tombs to those killed while serving their country. The U.S. doesn’t want to bring them home because it costs less to let them rot rather than transport them back, refurbish them, and redeploy them.