Despite an influx of thousands of U.S. troops, Baghdad continues to experience devastating violence. Four explosions Monday killed at least 76 people.

The preliminary effort to escalate the war has failed to stabilize the Iraqi capital, while placing thousands more Americans in harm’s way. Where is the logic in sending more?


Three explosions in quick succession at the Shorja market killed at least 71 people and wounded about 164.

Half an hour earlier a parcel bomb exploded at the Bab al-Sharqi market, killing five people, police said.

The blasts came either side of a 15-minute pause to commemorate the sectarian bombing of an important Shia Muslim shrine in Samarra one year ago.

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