Thursday, January 05, 2006

Insurgency or low key civil war in Iraq?

The level of bombing has suddenly escalated. Shia and Sunni are becoming more antagonistic. A Shia minister's sister is kidnapped by Sunnis.

At what point should we start to call it civil war?

The Sunnis protest about the elections. But the UN seems to be content.

What is true?

t r u t h o u t - 50 Killed in String of Bombings in Iraq: "And this morning, Baghdad residents awoke to massive traffic jams and roadblocks as Iraqi security forces responded to a more personal attack: The kidnapping of the sister of Interior Minister Bayan Jabr. Mr. Jabr is one of the most polarizing figures in Iraq, a former Shiite militia leader whom Sunni Arabs have accused of orchestrating a widespread program of assassinating Sunnis.

After the kidnapping, Iraqi forces shut down bridges, set up checkpoints and rerouted traffic across much of central Baghdad. But insurgents penetrated the security to launch several car bombs throughout the city. In Khadhamiya, a large Shiite district, a stationary car bomb ripped through an Iraqi police patrol at about 10:30 a.m., killing 5 and wounding 15, the Interior Ministry said."

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