Thought I'd throw in an update on current progress.
I have been in contact with various airlines and found reasonably cheap plane tickets 600 USD back and forth to bagdhad with a weeks stay.
Right now I am trying to find a hotel or perhaps a B&B to spend my time. My only concerns are regarding the money and whether or not I should spend it on a camera and postpone the trip to after the summer or do it in february/march with only one camera aswell as a couple of film cameras.
You're going to get yourself hurt. I don't want to come off as a jerk-off, but it's not a smart idea. I am a photojournalism major. You can't just go prancing into a country that is at war. You're not american, but they can't tell that through their gun-sights can they? You need to get your feet wet in a different area before you walk straight into hell.