Al Qaeda insurgents were blowing up trucks laden with chlorine gas in Anbar province, and quite a few casualties were sent to Baghdad. The gas would burn the lungs on contact. This Iraqi woman revived after several days but was brain-dead from the lack of oxygen.
The artist Steve Mumford originally went to Baghdad in 2003 to work as a war artist, embedded with the U.S. military, both writing a journal and making drawings and watercolors of what he saw there. In early 2007 he returned to Iraq for approximately a month, where he worked at an army hospital. This is the second of three reports on that trip. The first, "With Good Company into Iraq," was posted on Mar. 8, 2007. The archive for Mumford’s original "Baghdad Journal" can be found here