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Has the Baghdad attack affected you?
Blast and debris from explosion outside the Palestine Hotel

Three powerful explosions near the Palestine and Sheraton hotels in Baghdad have killed at least 17 people, according to Iraqi police.

The hotels are mainly used as a base for the foreign media in Iraq.

At least one of the explosions was from a car bomb, and were followed by heavy gunfire.

What does this latest attack signal for the reconstruction of Iraq? Did you witness the explosions?

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.

The following comment reflect the balance of views received:

The Palestine has long been a target and I know several companies were in the process of re-evaluating whether their staff should be there or not
'Steve', Baghdad, Iraq
It's a fact of life over here. Those who get freaked out by it and head home maybe should ask themselves why they came over here in the first place. It's a bit like those who join the army and then are a bit put out when asked to go and fight. In the last two years I have lost count of the number of times I have been shot at, I have been IED'd three times and lost many good friends but still I am here. Why? I have a job to do and I am not going to back out now just because it got a little rough. The number of incidents in the Baghdad area has dropped off significantly in the last week post the referendum. The Palestine has long been a target and I know several companies were in the process of re-evaluating whether their staff should be there or not.
'Steve', Baghdad, Iraq

All indications are that the situation in Iraq is getting worse despite the implementation of so-called democratic reforms. Is this democracy? Some sort of face-saving technique should be put in place to enable the US and their allies withdraw from Iraq.
Kwabena Bekoe, Toronto, Canada

Iraq is descending into a land of anarchy and bloodshed and I fear things will only get worse. Democracy is an alien concept in this part of the world and although the Iraqi people may now have their "freedom", life for the ordinary citizen is probably far more dangerous now than it ever was under Saddam Hussein's regime.
Brian Fraser, Dunfermline, UK

I'm very worried as to what goes on there. I have some good friends that went there to help out with the construction and they keep me posted as to what happens. From what I understand the stuff they tell me is gruesome, although from time to time they do tell me there are days in which there is relative calm. But overall I don't think either they or I will ever be the same after the events that had happened there
Bassil Duwaik, Denver, CO, US

The insurgents are trying to show that they can cause mayhem, not only in public areas but in secured areas for foreigners. The best solution for this matter is not to feel intimidated, because this is the aim of the murderous people. I am a UK born-Iraqi - my father is a Sunni and my mother is Shia and Kurdish. I have relatives who live in the areas surrounding the hotels, so this may be shocking for them as well. But we should not let the evil people win.
Sami Ibrahim, London, UK

I was on a visit to Baghdad, staying at the Palestine Hotel, when I was looking out of the window of my room at and looking down the street I could see American Soldiers running away from a car parked at the kerbside. I thought that was odd, the way they were running away from the parked vehicle, when minutes later it blew up in a giant explosion, sending flames and smoke high up into the air.
Abdullah Boland, Kuwait City, Kuwait

It's sad to hear. I remember being at the Palestine hotel when Baghdad fell with the US Marines. I met a lot of really nice Iraqis while there. I remember one of the waiters in the hotel restaurant teaching me how to say "tea" in Arabic. If he was still working there today I hope he wasn't one of the employees hurt or killed.
ZephanK, Columbus, OH USA

It seems that we have overseen a transition from a totalitarian regime to anarchy
Aaron Hann, Dallas, Texas
What have we done to the people of Iraq? It seems that we have overseen a transition from a totalitarian regime to anarchy. Is Iraq better off? Probably, but by a very small margin. And who knows where the nation will be if civil war breaks out? We made the bed, now they must lie in it.
Aaron Hann, Dallas, Texas

The latest wave of attacks simply represent a minority of people still intent on causing as much damage as possible. The question is no longer whether the war was justified, but about doing the right thing now by the people of Iraq. Ensuring that we help put a proper government in place and ensure that the country can develop.
Tom Fielding, Oxford, UK

Mary Hughes lays the blame for the violence on the occupation. But extreme violence was part of Iraqi life before the occupation - it was just hidden from sight, performed under the control of the Saddamist state. And does she really believe that if the occupying forces were to leave tomorrow, the violence would cease? No, Iraq would dissolve into a bloodbath.
Michael, Sunnyvale, USA

When I was in Baghdad in June and July of 2003 I was able to walk around alone without fear. This was the case in Basra and other parts of Iraq. There was no terrorism in Iraq at that time, and soldiers, civilians and internationals felt relatively safe. Our continued occupation and subjugation of the people of Iraq has created the current situation of terrorism, which victimises the innocent Iraqi people more than any others.
Mary Hughes, Los Angeles, USA

In the absence of peace and tranquillity, reconstruction of Iraq will take longer than expected. This latest explosion is another sign that the enemies of progress are not resting on their oars. Wanton destruction of properties and killings is not the solution to whatever grievance against the present administration. Dialogue and peaceful negotiation would serve the people better than violence.
Omorodion Osula, Boston, USA


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