|09-01-2006, 12:31 PM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Pentagon Says Iraq Violence Spreading
What, you mean we're not winning the "war" in Iraq?
Pentagon says Iraq violence spreading
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer 59 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Sectarian violence is spreading in
Iraq and the security problems have become more complex than at any time since the U.S. invasion in 2003, the Pentagon said Friday.
In a notably gloomy report to Congress, 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 democratic Iraq.
Death squads targeting mainly Iraqi 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 recent months," the report said. It is the latest in a series of quarterly reports required by Congress to assess economic, political and security progress.
A growing number of members of Congress are calling for either a shift in the Bush administration's Iraq strategy or a timetable for beginning a substantial withdrawal of American forces. Although administration officials say progress is being made in Iraq, U.S. commanders have increased U.S. troop levels by about 13,000 over the past five weeks, to 140,000, mainly due to increased violence in the Baghdad area.
|09-01-2006, 01:11 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Folsom Prison
Hmmm, but deaths were down briefly as the US began securing neighborhoods in Iraq. On npr yesterday they were discussing how the insurgents seem to be shifting to rockets and mortors to hit neighborhoods the US has "swept," and the iraqi police are patrolling.
From what the generals said to congress last month, this is about our last chance to avoid a real civil war and partitioning. Not that I didn't expect a partitioning all along, but I am still hoping.