Massive looting began to break out as the U.S. military looked on. Just blocks from the plaza where the statue was destroyed, heavy machine gun fire was directed at Marines. Large sectors of the city remain unsecured by the U.S. There are no signs of Iraqi police, government officials, or minders, who tracked foreign correspondents. The information minister Mohammed Said Sahaf (known for his recent press conferences where he poured abuse on U.S. forces), failed to show up for his daily meeting with the press. Baghdad is descending into total chaos.