Combat outpost "Hotel" is situated in a grand bungalow built by Sadaam. Platoons from the 3rd Squadron of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment rotate in and out of the COP, staying between two and four days.
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. He has been back several times; the text that follows is a report from his current visit. The archive for Mumford’s original "Baghdad Journal" can be found here.