Only days after U.S .troops pulled out of Iraq, militants launched a deadly attack on the country's capital city.
A series of at least 14 bombs went off across Baghdad Thursday morning, killing at least 60 people. Most of the attacks hit Shiite neighborhoods, but some Sunni areas were also targeted.
The mayhem woke up 12-year-old Hussain Abbas from a sound sleep in his neighborhood of Karrada, the location of the deadliest attack.
"I was sleeping in my bed when the explosion happened," the boy recalled. "I jumped from my bed and rushed to my mom's lap. I told her I did not want to go to school today. I'm terrified."
"My baby was sleeping in her bed. Shards of glass have fallen on our heads. Her father hugged her and carried her. She is now scared in the next room," said one woman in western Baghdad who identified herself as Um Hanin.
"All countries are stable. Why don't we have security and stability?" she asked.
Al Qaeda is believed to be responsible for Thursday's attacks. U.S. military officials had said they were worried about a resurgence of al Qaeda after the American military left the country.