The working-class Shiite market called Bab al-Sharqi--nicknamed "the thieves' market," according to NBC's Mike Boettcher--was the target of the latest sectarian bomb attacks that killed more than 80. ABC's Dan Harris (subscription required) told us that Sunni bombings have escalated in the last week. Calling the Sunni squads "media-savvy," Harris speculated that they may be timing attacks to coincide with the State of the Union.
CBS' Lara Logan toured Baghdad's predominantly Sunni Dora neighborhood where its market has been used "as a dumping ground for execution victims." Despite USArmy patrols based there round the clock to keep the peace, only one tenth of its stores and businesses are still in operation: "Their owners have seen US efforts fail twice here in the last six months."
Boettcher also recapped, complete with an NBC News animation, Saturday's raid by militiamen disguised as GIs that killed all five members of a USArmy civil affairs team in Karbala.
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