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Iraq launches $95m snow sports resort in Kurdistan

8 February 2014 Last updated at 17:44 GMT

Iraq is not currently the obvious choice for a ski holiday but the Korek Mountain Resort in Kurdistan is hoping to change that.

The $95m resort in northern Iraq threw a pre-launch party as part of the government's plan to make the region a major tourist destination.

However with ongoing security concerns in southern Iraq, will Westerners shy away from visiting?

Howard Johnson reports.

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