On Monday, three bombs targeted popular Baghdad hotels. At the Hamra Hotel, both NPR and the Washington Post’s bureaus were damaged. Three Post staffers were injured, thankfully none seriously. But an estimated 16 Iraqis were killed at the Hamra out of the at least 36 dead that day.
On All Things Considered, NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro filed this chilling report. Have a listen–the audio brings one uncomfortably close to the detonation of a suicide car bomb, and the gun fight that preceded it.