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Iraqi soldiers secure the site of an August 31 bombing near Al-Mustansrya University in Baghdad (epa)
August 31, 2006 -- Iraqi insurgents killed at least 15 people today and attacked a British diplomatic convoy.
Nearly 200 people have died in an upsurge of violence since August 27.
But, in a speech to military veterans in Salt Lake City, U.S. President George W. Bush said that U.S. officials in Iraq do not believe that a civil war in the country has started.
"They report that only a small number of Iraqis are engaged in sectarian violence, while the overwhelming majority want peace and a normal life in a unified country," Bush said.
Meanwhile, Iraq is taking steps toward assuming control of military operations from U.S.-led coalition forces. Iraq wants to activate a joint military headquarters to command Iraq's navy, air force, and 10 army divisions, totaling 115,000 troops. An announcement is expected soon.