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Monday, September 04, 2006

Iraq: PENTAGON: CONDITIONS EXIST FOR CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ



Washington---Conditions that could lead to a civil war exist in Iraq, reflecting the "most complex" security challenges since the U.S. invasion in 2003, the Pentagon said Friday.

***Don't you find it awfully strange that they would put such a story out on Friday? That's because they are hoping that it will be out of the minds of the people by Tuesday! Elections are coming people....so keep this one in mind!

The "core conflict" has changed into one pitting Sunni Muslims against Shiites, with the Sunni Arab insurgency overshadowed, it said in a report to Congress on U.S. efforts to stabilize the country.

In the notably gloomy report, The Pentagon said illegal militias have become more entrenched, especially in Baghdad neighborhoods where they are seen as providers of security as well as basic social services.

The report described a rising tide of sectarian violence, fed in part by interference from neighboring Iran and Syria and driven by a "vocal minority" of religious extremists who oppose the idea of a democrtaic Iraq.

The only reason you are hearing this is because Cheney wants to get into Iran and Syria! A reason for going to war should be obvious, like it was with Pearl Harbor. Not just because an administration is feeding you garbage just like they did with the lead-up to the Iraq war! And if we get hit again, don't forget whose watch is will be on. That will make it twice!

Death squads targeting mainly Iraq civilians are a growing problem, heightening the risk of civil war, it said.

"Death squads and terrorists are locked in mutually reinforcing cycles of sectarian strife," the report said, adding that the Sunni-led insurgency "remains potent and viable" even as it is overshadowed by the sect-on-sect killing.

"Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq, specifically in and around Baghdad, and concern about civil war within the Iraqi civilian population has increased in current months," the report stated.

That assessment, which has been expressed publicly by U.S. military commanders and others in recent weeks, was tempered by a degree of optimism that the Iraqi government---with support from U.S. troops---will succeed in quelling sectarian strife. Optimism among ordinary Iraqis, however, has declines, the 63-page report said.

***Not if they keep staying the course. When are the American people going to quit being lied to by this administration? No matter what is said, THINGS ARE NOT WELL IN IRAQ AND WON'T BE UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR REPUBLICAN MINIONS IN CONGRESS! Until the majority is changed in Wahington, there won't be any changes in Iraq and our troops will continue to stay there!


ATTACKS UP BY 15 PERCENT

The report provided a sober assessment of the situation in Iraq over the past three months, saying attacks increased by 15% over the prior 3 months and casualties among Iraqis surged 51%.

Peter Rodman, the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, told reporters that although there has been progress this summer in reviving the Iraqi economy and raising electricty production, the security conditions have deteriorated even as the number of trained Iraqi troops has increased.

The report covered the period since the Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki was seated May 20.

"The last quarter, as you know has been rough," Rodman said. "The levels of violence are up and the sectarian quality of the violence is particularly acute and distrubing."

Rising sectarian fighting between minority Sunnis, who controlled Iraq under Saddam Hussein, and the majority Shiites, who are ascending in power after decades of oppresion, defines the emerging nature of violence in Iraq, the report stated.

When aked whether they believe "things will get better" in the future, the percentage of Iraqis responding positively has dropped fairly consistently over the past year---whether they were asked to look ahead six months, one year or five years---according to polling data cited in the report.

***So then this is what our troops have to look forward too? No wonder they are coming home with PTSD!

The report is the first to Congress since the Iraqi government assembled its full slate of ministers in early June. Since then, sectarian tensions have increased, "manifested in an increasing number of execution-style killings, kidnappings and attacks on civilians," and growing numbers of people forced from their homes, it said.


SPREADING OUTSIDE BAGHDAD

It said sectarian violence has spread from Baghdad into Diyala and Kirkuk provinces north of the capital. It also cited a rising problem with violence in the predominantly Shiite southern region, especially in the city of Basra.

"The security situation is currently at its most complex state since the initiation of Operation Iraq Freedom," the report said, using the U.S. military's name for the war that was launched in March 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein.

Although it acknowledged the risk of civil war, the report said the current violence does not amount to civil war and asserted momentum toward a civil war can be stopped.

***I can remember being told that the war in Iraq would never come close to a civil war. Now that it can't be denied, they have to tell us that there is now a "risk" of civil war and that it can be stopped! Well, I'll listen to what the troops have to say and they claim that it is already a civil war!

"Breaking the cycle of violence is the most pressing goal of coalition and Iraqi operations," it said.

The release of the report comes as the Bush Administration pursues a campaign to bolster sagging U.S. public support, with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others attacking two months before U.S. congressional elections.

***HEY PEOPLE! WE NEED TO "CHANGE THE COURSE IN WASHINGTON!" ESPECIALLY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP SINCE THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ALLOW EVERYTHING OF THE PRESIDENT'S TO COME TO THE FLOORS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES! IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE CHANGES, MAKE SURE THAT IT IS DEFINITELY FRIST (R-TN---SENATE) AND J. DENNIS HASTERT (R-IL---HOUSE) AND THEIR MINIONS IN LEADERSHIP THAT HAS BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY TO WHERE IT IS TODAY!

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