The deadliest attack in Iraq in more than two years has left at least 132 people dead and more than 500 wounded.
It was start of the work week. Offices packed with employees, streets crammed with cars when a pair of suicide truck bombings rip through central Baghdad
Striking at the heart of the government district, one bomb explodes outside the Ministry of Justice, also damaging the Ministry of Municipalities.
About one minute later, another outside the offices of the Baghdad governorate.
Utter chaos and destruction reign as iraqi security forces and american troops try to assess the damage and investigate the scene.
The attacks come just one day after the US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, completed a visit to Iraq that included a condolence stop at the Foreign Ministry, where a similar spectacular bombing killed more than 100 on August 19.
Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki surveyed the carnage shortly after the explosions and called the attacks cowardly.
The bombings also come at a time of increased political tensions, as Iraq's parliament has failed to pass a revised election law - This must be done before national elections can take place in mid January.
This was a attack directed at Iraq's institutions, but it's iraqi civilians who are the victims.
With the nation's security so compromised, many iraqis are left wondering once more about their future.