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US commander warns of more violence ahead of Iraq sovereignty handover

Insurgent violence will escalate before the United States returns Iraq’s sovereignty to its people, the commander of US forces in Iraq predicted, adding that civil war was possible but unlikely. “I think that, given a … bad series of events that pit communities against one another, it would be possible to move toward civil war but I think it is unlikely,” General John Abizaid told defense reporters. Abizaid, head of the US Central Command, which covers Iraq and Afghanistan, said he anticipates a rise in violence by opponents, including die-hard Baathists and Islamic militant groups like al-Qaeda, which he said were stepping up activities in Iraq. Full Story

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