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In Iraq's Anbar province, visitors can be hard pressed to find a hotel room as tribal tradition makes housing guests a point of honor. The western region along the Syrian border was long held by Daesh (ISIS) militants, and few outsiders managed to venture into its capital Ramadi until the extremists were pushed out in 2016 .Karim al-Basrawi, a car-parts salesman in Ramadi on business, was hoping to stay in a hotel during a recent trip.Karim, the visitor, is Shiite, but the majority of the population in Anbar province is Sunni.In Anbar, hotels are out of the question.In the center of Ramadi lies an abandoned concrete structure, the only attempt in 2013 by a Turkish company to erect a hotel in Anbar.According to residents, even the militants stayed away from the hotel building.
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