1. The Sunni-based insurgency remains “potent and viable” despite spiraling Sunni-Shiite violence and beefed up US forces.
2. Since the last report three months ago, Iraqi casualties from “sectarian clashes” â€“ the Pentagonâ€™s euphemism for civil war â€“ have soared by more than 50 percent.
3. From May when the new Iraqi government was established until August, the average number of weekly attacks increased sharply to 800.
4. Since the previous report, Iraqi daily casualties have jumped by 50% from 80 per day to 120 per day. Currently, Iraqis are dying at the rate of 43,800 per year from violence.
The Iraqi government cowers behind the fortified walls of the “Green Zone.” On August 31, the Kurds in the north took down the Iraqi flag and replaced it with the Kurdish one. Most of Iraq is ruled by Shiite and Sunni militias. Conflict between them has forced 160,000 Iraqis to flee their homes.
Who is going to tell Bush that the war is lost?