Sectarian violence flared in Iraq. Both ABC and CBS had their Baghdad reporters cover the half a dozen carbombs in Shiite neighborhoods that left up to 175 dead. NBC mentioned them in passing with voiced-over videotape. CBS' Martin Seemungal looked out over "the most dangerous and violent city on Earth" and saw trouble: "Black smoke is a sight that everyone in Baghdad dreads because at its source is chaos." A carbomb had exploded in the Sadriyah Market, killing 140, "some burned alive in the minibuses waiting to take them home," as ABC's Hilary Brown reported. She surveyed the progress of the so-called surge of troops in a network of 47 combat outposts and joint security stations throughout Baghdad. The surge was supposed to reduce the level of violence in order to foster progress towards political reconciliation: "Both goals seem very distant."
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