Iraq Close to Civil War, Generals Tell Congress

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/5614034/5614035" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript
An Iraqi youth carries the wreckage of an explosives-laiden scooter which blew up in Baghdad. i

An Iraqi youth carries the wreckage of an explosives-laiden scooter which blew up in Baghdad's Shorjah marketplace. Ten people were killed and 20 wounded in the blast. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images
An Iraqi youth carries the wreckage of an explosives-laiden scooter which blew up in Baghdad.

An Iraqi youth carries the wreckage of an explosives-laiden scooter which blew up in Baghdad's Shorjah marketplace. Ten people were killed and 20 wounded in the blast.

Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

The surge in Baghdad's sectarian violence in recent weeks means Iraq is closer to civil war, according to two of the Pentagon's most senior generals. Gen. John Abizaid, chief of U.S. Central Command, and General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified today before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testified alongside Abizaid and Pace, but he did not comment directly on the prospect of civil war.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.