April 04, 2006
|Iraqi Civilian Deaths Surging (AP) In Civil War (UPI)||Iraq|
AP reports that its count shows Iraqi civilian deaths surging in recent months. Their figures:
Month Iraqi Civilian Deaths Dec 375 Jan 608 Feb 741 Mar 1,038
UPI Senior News Analyst Martin Sieff says the sharp increase in sectarian violence shows that Iraq is in the midst of a civil war:
Despite President Bush's repeated denials, the figures are clear: 900 sectarian killings in a single month in Iraq means a civil war is well under way. [Emphasis added]
US media outlets have so far avoided calling the conflict a civil war, but that's probably about to change — much to the distress of the White House. Some things are too obvious even for the anemic US media to ignore.