Peter Maass, The Toppling

January 13, 2011  |  permalink

The Map to the Palestine Hotel


The Marines who were dispatched to the Palestine Hotel were given a grid coordinate for an area that was a square kilometer large but they did not know where the hotel was located in that area; the hotel was not marked on the map they used. The map is posted above. The red circle, which I placed on the map, shows the area where the Palestine Hotel and Firdos Square are located. The versions below show the area in greater detail; the red arrows that I put on these maps (I have made no other alterations) point to the intersection where Firdos Square and the Palestine Hotel are located. Because the map did not show the precise location of the hotel, a photographer who knew the hotel’s location rode atop the turret of the first tank into Firdos Square.


About The Toppling by Peter Maass

On April 9, 2003, American Marines toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein at Firdos Square in Baghdad. Broadcast across the world, the event symbolized what was thought to be an American victory in Iraq. My reconstruction, written with support from ProPublica and the Shorenstein Center, was published in The New Yorker. This section contains documents, photos, videos and links related to the story.


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