October 7, 2004
On our way up to Samarra, we passed this mysterious, inscrutable building in the middle of nowhere.
After a little research, I’ve come to believe that is it the Qasr al-Ashiq palace:
Samarra is a fucking spooky place. The entire vibe is much more tense than anywhere else I’ve been in Iraq. The guys below, believe it or not, are friendlies. If I saw them anywhere else, or not in an ING vehicle, I would not assume they were friendlies.