November 26th, 2012

What is this building?

unidentified building in Bagdad

I saw this burning during the original month of the Iraqi war; I’ve never been able to identify what it is.

I ganked the photo from luxo.com, where it illustrates an article on a forthcoming five-star hotel. But this building predates the war, and I believe that the hotel is new construction.

UPDATE: 2013.09.21 It appears to be the (old) Iraqi Ministry of Defense. So it presumably was bombed to a shell.

From the air (google-maps)

another photo

Can be seen in the background of this photo (page in Turkish)

Aaaaand here is somebody who identifies it as That Flaming Iraqi Building – you know the one.

And has shots of it burning, what I remember from the news as well.

I should have thought of THOSE search-terms before….

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