The Baghdad bombs killed as many as 80 civilians at Shorjah Market, setting buildings ablaze and sending out plumes of thick black smoke. "A version of hell," NBC's Jane Arraf called it. "You would have to shut down the city to stop carbombs." The attack coincided precisely with the announcement by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the new security operation to halt violence in Baghdad was under way. CBS' Lara Logan called the explosion "catastrophic" yet saw al-Maliki continuing his Green Zone press conference: "He does not miss a beat." Hundreds of wounded were taken to hospitals where the shortage of medical care "means more will die."
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