ABC's Miguel Marquez (subscription required) called the bombings a deadly reminder "of just how big the challenge will be to establish the new Baghdad security plan." The build-up envisages 90,000 soldiers patrolling the city's neighborhoods. So far only 50,000 are deployed. NBC's Richard Engel is already embedded with the First Cavalry Division as it embarks on its neighborhood patrols in west Baghdad.
Engel followed troops into a Shiite bakery: "There are bodies everywhere. In the kitchen, the smell of freshly-baked cakes. A dead man's cell phone keeps ringing. This is what the reality of the civil war looks like: killing families one at a time." The police eventually arrived to take the corpses away "in a truck already caked in blood from eight earlier pick-ups."
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