Explosions rocked central Baghdad on Friday. There was no immediate word of casualties.And while I was posting that - this:
The explosions hit Firdous Square, known as the site where the statue of Saddam Hussein was hauled down on April 9, 2003, when Baghdad fell. A car burned at the site.
Rockets hit two central Baghdad hotels used by foreigners and Iraqi officials on Friday morning and guards outside one of them said at least three people were wounded or killed.Nice job in giving Iraqis that sense of security...
Outside the Baghdad Hotel, guards refused to let journalists approach, saying there were at least three casualties.
The Ishtar Sheraton Hotel was also hit and smoke was billowing from the 10th floor, witnesses said.
Nearby, police found a pickup truck flipped over on its side with 17 rocket launchers and a crude firing mechanism inside. Police said they believed three rockets had been fired from the truck and the force of launching them had flipped it over.
At the same time as the rocket attack, a bus exploded outside a mosque opposite the Sheraton, sending a column of black smoke into the sky. Police said it had been boobytrapped but there were no casualties.