Conditions in Iraq are Getting More Violent and Deadly – Al Quaeda Moving In - More Bombs and Dead

Conditions in Iraq are Getting More Violent and Deadly – Al Quaeda Moving In - More Bombs and Dead

Nearly every aspect of the War in Iraq has gotten worse, according to military sources. There are more bombs and more people getting killed in Iraq. One senior Defense Department official told The New York Times on the condition of anonymity that “The insurgency has gotten worse by almost all measures, with insurgent attacks at historically high levels.”

In July there were 2,625 explosive devices, 1,666 exploded and 959 were discovered before they went off. Compare that to January when there were only 1,454 bombs exploded or were found.

The source told the Times that “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.”

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In a separate classified report on August 3rd, it was stated that security conditions are “worsening” inside the country. It described how Iraq may slide toward civil war. The nine page DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) study, called “Iraq Update”, totaled the most recent empirical data on the number of attacks, bombings, murders and other violent acts.

The study included diagrams of the groups carrying out insurgent and sectarian attacks, the officials said. The Bush Administration denies the country is on the verge of civil war and says their strategy is “on course”.

This summer has been the “deadliest period for civilians” in Iraq, according to a report from NBC News. They say that more than 110 people were killed everyday in July by violence between Sunnis and Shiites. British troops battled Shiite gunmen in Basra today and dozens were killed in Baghdad by three separate bombs.

Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institute says “The main issue is civil war, and it is increasing hard to not use that word.” The UN says that 17,000 Iraqis have been killed so far this year in Iraq.

Al-Quaeda may be developing a new strategy. Under Saddam, the terror group did not have a foothold in the country, but Major General William Caldwell said “Al Quaeda wants to present itself as a legitimate organization, and is striving to increase its operational power by developing a political base with a military wing.” Comment on this Article on our Forum

Al-Quaeda may be trying to exploit anger over high unemployment. The anger may lead to civil war and a partition of the country. It is not certain whether this would start an even wider conflict or help.

By Dan Wilson

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