Thursday, July 20, 2006


The violence in Iraq is flying under the radar. It sounds like the situation in Iraq is worsening by the day, but you don't hear about that on the news channels. Rove must be dancing the jig......

By Ahmed Rasheed and Alastair Macdonald

BAGHDAD, July 20 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands more Iraqis have fled their homes as sectarian violence looks ever more like civil war two months after a U.S.-backed national unity government was formed, official data showed on Thursday.

Iraq's most powerful religious authority, Shi'ite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, joined the United Nations and U.S. officials in raising the alarm that a spike in bloodshed and "campaigns of displacement" threaten Iraq's very future.

The U.S. military admitted violence in Baghdad was little changed by a month-long clampdown and the city morgue said it had seen 1,000 bodies so far in July, a slight increase on June.

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