Pentagon is Now Calling the Situation in Iraq a Civil War

Twenty-six hundred soldiers are headed to Iraq ahead of schedule.

According to the Pentagon, the army's 3rd infantry division is needed to support the extra combat units being sent as part of President Bush's troop buildup. The goal of the buildup is to stop sectarian violence and crack down on insurgents.

But the question is now being raised, Is there a civil war in Iraq? For the first time a Pentagon report uses the term civil war to describe the violence there.

The Anbar Province is among the most dangerous in Iraq, and it's here the U.S. Military is focusing on quelling the Shia-Sunni divide - a divide so deep the Pentagon is, for the first time, defining elements of the situation in Iraq as civil war.

A quarterly Pentagon report also finds the lack of life's fundamental necessities such as easily buying gas or having dependable power doesn't help. In and around Baghdad more troops are being deployed just to handle the number of detainees, and the military is appealing to the local community for assistance to find more.

The Pentagon report points out it was undertaken before the current security plan was underway and should be used as a baseline to measure improvement.

This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.


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