An Army spokesman giving a press tour around Baghdad said this mural, which stands at Camp Slayer, is one of the only last ones of Saddam Hussein throughout Iraq. The rest of the self aggrandizing portraits of the former dictator have been destroyed or vandalized beyond recognition. Somehow I feel there are a couple still up in his former hometown of Tikrit, but we’ll take the sergeant’s word for it.
Photographer Chris Maddaloni is collecting pictures of the many palaces around the country. Many we’ve seen around Baghdad still remain barely in tact, still destroyed from the 2003 invasion. Here is a 1st Lt. Casey Steckel inspecting the hole a JDAM punched through the Al Salam palace roof, the former Iraqi Republican Guard headquarters.