Monday, March 19, 2007

Expert: Four wars raging in Iraq

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- Four separate but overlapping conflicts are now raging in Iraq, a leading U.S. military expert said Wednesday.

The United States "faces far more than an insurgency, or even a complex mix of civil wars," in Iraq, Anthony H. Cordesman, who holds the Arleigh A. Burke chair in strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, said Wednesday.

"There are four conflicts going on at present: The Neo-Salafi Islamic extremist insurgency; Iraqi Sunni Arab versus Shiite Arab, Arab-Shiite versus Shiite, and Arab versus Kurd," Cordesman wrote in a new study called "New Strategies in Iraq; Uncertain Progress towards an Unknown Goal."

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