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Soldiers and civilians prepare to enter the ancient city of Babylon for a tour. The entrance to the ruins is a reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate. The original gate – built by Nebuchadnezzar II in 575 B.C. and dedicated to Ishtar, the goddess of love and war – was dismantled by German archeologists in the early 20th century and reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Photo courtesy of the US Department of Defense/ Sgt. Debralee Best.