Iraqi resort a macabre emblem of war and state decay

In the 1980s, Iraq’s Lake Habbaniyah was a tourist hotspot, popular with wealthy newlyweds and so luxurious it was even a haunt of dictator Saddam Hussein and his fearsome entourage. But like much of Iraq, this oasis — located between Fallujah and Ramadi — has fallen into disrepair since the US-led military coalition toppled Saddam 15 years ago.

Iraq: Years after death, Saddam mystery lives on

In his native village of Al-Awjah, the mausoleum of Iraq’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein is reduced to broken concrete and tangled barbed wire, showing no trace of his remains.