Only last Friday, CBS' Lara Logan reported from Iraq on the plans of Shiite opposition leader Aziz al-Yasiri to organize a vote of no confidence against the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The former general was meeting in Baghdad's al-Mansour Hotel with five sheikhs, Sunni tribal leaders who had recently turned against al-Qaeda in al-Anbar Province and joined forces with the US military. All six were among the ten killed in the hotel's lobby by a suicide bomber. "The air was thick with the smell of human flesh," Logan reported. ABC's John Hendren (subscription required) showed us the remnants of an Arab headdress that had been literally blown off by the bomb. Hendren narrated a Virtual View computer graphic that demonstrated the triple checkpoint the assassin had to pass to reach his target. As Hendren trudged through the rubble, he gestured sarcastically: "This is exactly the type of gathering that is among the best hopes for a stable peaceful Iraq." NBC mentioned the assassinations only in passing.
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