U.S. Investigating Reports Of Iraq Civilian Casualties
February 23, 2007 -- The U.S. military says it is investigating whether civilians, including children, were killed during heavy clashes with insurgents in the western Iraqi city of Al-Ramadi --> http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2007/2/70B4CDF8-CF75-4E60-B0E0-2425E8B656F9.html on February 22.
Initially, U.S. forces said they had killed 12 insurgents but there were no civilian casualties during the six-hour battle that ended with U.S. air strikes.
Local Iraqi officials said 26 people were killed, including several women and children.
On The Verge Of Civil War
The Imam Al-Mahdi Army on parade (epa)
HAS THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ BECOME A CIVIL WAR? Many observers have concluded that the tit-for-tat sectarian violence that emerged after the February 2006 bombing of a mosque in Samarra has become a full-blown civil war.... (more)