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The clear morning quiet was shattered by the an enormous blast that came at about 9:20. It was so powerful that it shook the hotel - it felt and sounded like the hotel had finally been hit with a big one.

Shaking from the adrenaline, I ran to the balcony and got this first of a series of shots of the mushroom cloud and then the black smoke from the cars that were on fire.

The explosion occurred at what is known as the Rasheed entrance to the green zone. The main entrance for vehicular and pedestrian traffic, it provides access to the headquarters of the Iraqi Governing Council, the Baghdad Convention Center and the Al-Rasheed Hotel (the large building directly behind the cloud). This is the entrance I primarily use to visit those very places.

It is situated at one of the busiest intersections in the city and, if not for the fact that it is a holiday keeping many people at home today, the casualty count would have been terribly worse.

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