Pentagon Acknowledges 'Civil War' in Iraq Report

For the first time, the Pentagon's update to Congress on the state of the Iraq war acknowledges that elements of the Iraq conflict "are properly descriptive of a 'civil war.'"

The quarterly report pointed to the hardening of ethnic and sectarian identities, increased violence and the fact that civilians are leaving their homes in greater numbers.

Michele Norris talks with NPR's Tom Bowman.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the 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.