Republicans look forward to running on Bush's success: Iraqi Casualties Increase by 1,000 a Month. Why? Because experts report that Iraq still isn't experiencing a civil war.
"This is a pretty sober report," said Peter Rodman, the assistant secretary of Defense for international security. "The last quarter has been rough. The level of violence is up. And the sectarian quality of the violence is particularly acute and disturbing."
In arguing that Iraq is not yet in a full-scale civil war, Defense officials pointed out that Iraqi security forces remain loyal to the central government and that no rival government has emerged.
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