Some Think Iraq's in Civil War Already

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 03/01/2006 12:00 am EST

"We must cooperate and work together against this danger...of civil war," said Iraq's President Jalal Talabani, but others think that the civil war has already arrived. At least 130 people, almost all of them Sunnis, were murdered in reprisal killings, and over a hundred Sunni mosques attacked, in the 24 hours after the destruction of the al-Askariya shrine in Samarra, sacred to the Shias, on Feb. 22. But it is not yet time to say that Iraq has slid irrevocably into civil war.

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