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The streets were beautiful

Thursday started as an ordinary day in Baghdad, but just like any other day in this city, you never know what’s going to happen next.

I was working in my office when I heard the first explosion. I ran to the window to see where the location of the explosion was. I could see smoke rising from the streets.

Then a minute later I saw more smoke and heard the sound of another explosion, and than another.

The explosion was a series of mortars, rockets, and a car bomb in the upscale Karradah neighborhood that ended up killing at least 31 people, and wounding 153.

The scene of destruction was terrible. It was like a war zone.

‘Honest Iraqi resistance?’
Immediately I began to phone my friends to see if they were all OK. You can imagine what I heard from them – all about the buildings that were destroyed and the cars that were burned. People were shocked.

I tried to go to the scene to see what have really happened, but the police force and the Iraqi army closed all the roads near the location of the explosions.

So, I went back to my office to see the news of the attacks on the TV. I was shocked to see the size of the disaster. As I heard people talking about the explosion, I couldn’t believe anyone was lucky enough to survive.

Some of the people on the scene began to launch insults at Saddam Hussein. Thursday was the also last day of his trial, but during his appearance in court on Wednesday he had mentioned what he called the "honest Iraqi resistance."

People on the scene of the Karradah attacks were yelling and asking if this was the "honest Iraqi resistance" Saddam was talking about? The killing of innocent people, the destruction of families, the creation of orphans, and the displacement of others? I don’t think so.

Used to be beautiful
I drive or walk the streets the explosions targeted everyday. It’s a commercial area. I used to think these streets were beautiful.

I used to walk by and marvel at all of the electronics stores, and the people coming and going, buying and selling. Many of my friends and neighbors would even come to me for help when they were buying electrical appliances, but not anymore.

Now most of my friends and neighbors have left Iraq fearing for their lives. A few of them are still here and I wonder if we will ever see our streets and neighborhoods in Baghdad as beautiful again.

*The names of local journalists in Baghdad are not being used to protect their identity.

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