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Pentagon Acknowledges 'Civil War' in Iraq Report

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Pentagon Acknowledges 'Civil War' in Iraq Report

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Pentagon Acknowledges 'Civil War' in Iraq Report

Pentagon Acknowledges 'Civil War' in Iraq Report

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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.

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