The security plan in Baghdad has yielded some initial results in reducing the incidences of sectarian violence. The number of death-squad related murders have significantly been reduced over the past five days, by upwards of 80 percent. The city also saw a reduction in the large scale bombings up until yesterday’s mass-casualty car bombings in markets in Sadr City and New Baghdad, which claimed 62 lives and wounded over 130. One of the actions being implemented to reduce the effectiveness of car bombs is the conversion of Baghdad market areas into pedestrian only zones. [emphasis Murdoc’s]
A-b-o-u-t freaking time. Were we hoping they’d run out of automobiles and give up, or what?
Meanwhile, I updated my post on the 11-point plan with commentary about points 4-11, so check it out if interested.