"Like a choreographed fireworks display, one building after another exploded in bright yellow flames, quickly smothered in clouds of dust and debris," writes Times' reporter John Daniszewski in his piece 'Fear, Defiance and Curiosity Amid Chaos' from March 23, 2003. Read it here. Bombs rained down for a second night on the Iraqi Planning Ministry and other buildings in one of Saddam Hussein's presidential compounds on the Tigris River in the heart of Baghdad. At the same time, coalition forces began a ground campaign, with U.S. and British troops sweeping into southern Iraq.
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