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Bombs Are Mileposts on Road to Civil War

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Posted on Aug 17, 2006

More roadside bombs were planted in July than in any other month during the Iraq war, indicating a sharp rise in violence as the country moves toward all-out civil war.  According to data obtained by The New York Times, 2,625 devices either exploded or were discovered in July, compared with 1,454 in January.


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The bomb statistics ? compiled by American military authorities in Baghdad and made available at the request of The New York Times ? are part of a growing body of data and intelligence analysis about the violence in Iraq that has produced somber public assessments from military commanders, administration officials and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

?The insurgency has gotten worse by almost all measures, with insurgent attacks at historically high levels,? said a senior Defense Department official who agreed to discuss the issue only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for attribution. ?The insurgency has more public support and is demonstrably more capable in numbers of people active and in its ability to direct violence than at any point in time.?

A separate, classified report by the Defense Intelligence Agency, dated Aug. 3, details worsening security conditions inside the country and describes how Iraq risks sliding toward civil war, according to several officials who have read the document or who have received a briefing on its contents.

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By john, August 17, 2006 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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nice story

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By Tony, August 17, 2006 at 8:37 am Link to this comment
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I am constantly baffled by article discussing how Iraq is more likely to fall into civil war then Democracy. THEY ARE AND HAVE BEEN IN CIVIL WAR EVER SINCE GWB DECLARED MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.  If the administration had done they’re home work and actual devised a plan of action before declaring war on the country, they would have seen the underlying complexities in the Nation. However, the administration plan of action was manufacturing a non-existent threat by associating 9/11 and WMD with a country that had nothing to do with either. Before the war Iraq was a country being destroyed by sanctions and didn’t have the capabilities nor the resources to pose a credible threat to U.S. We’re talking about a third-world starving nation against the greatest military power in modern time…. and they’re supposed to be a threat to us? PLEASE
Furthermore, if the administration had at least listened to the voices of reason coming from within our own military, declaring a preemptive war on a sovereign state with Nuclear capabilities is the surest way to provoke the use of such an arsenal. But the administration new better, because there was never any evidence that Iraq had such an arsenal to use. They only had to manufacture the threat to justify military action and invade their country. The New Crusade. Anyone with half a brain would have been able to tell you that invading Iraq would undoubtedly destabilize the region and cause more animosity and hate for the West, consequently increasing the threat towards the U.S. and its allies around the world (Britain). In conclusion, we manufactured a false threat and created real one that we must now deal with. A price that must be paid with American dollars, American Live, American Blood….The Bush Plan Equal American Blood For Arab Oil. The Greatest Democracy in the World. Or is it?

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By harald hardrada, August 17, 2006 at 6:10 am Link to this comment
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speaking of the nytimes, tom friedman’s busy trying to cover his well-fed bottom—he implored bush to take us into iraq—now he says bush didn’t use enough troops—it doesn’t occur to tom that our very presence is what creates more & more iraqi freedom fighters: funny how americans keep calling them insurgents

tom’s always been eager to sacrifice young americans while he luxuriates on his splendid estate—you won’t see any of tom’s offspring volunteering to go to iraq

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