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MSNBC, NBC News Decide To Call Civil War In Iraq ‘A Civil War’

By Judd Legum  

"MSNBC, NBC News Decide To Call Civil War In Iraq ‘A Civil War’"

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MSNBC and NBC News have decided to begin referring to the civil war raging in Iraq as a “civil war.” MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer explained that “the White House continues to resist” the phrase, but that “after careful thought, MSNBC and NBC News decided over the weekend, the terminology is appropriate, as armed militarized factions fight for their own political agendas.” Watch it:

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The news from Iraq is becoming grimmer every day. Over the long holiday weekend bombings killed more than 200 people in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad. And six Sunni men were doused with kerosene and burned alive. Shiite muslims are the majority, but Sunnis like Saddam Hussein ruled that country until the war. Now, the battle between Shiites and Sunnis has created a civil war in Iraq. Beginning this morning, MSNBC will refer to the fighting in Iraq as a civil war — a phrase the White House continues to resist. But after careful thought, MSNBC and NBC News decided over the weekend, the terminology is appropriate, as armed militarized factions fight for their own political agendas. We’ll have a lots more on the situation in Iraq and the decision to use the phrase, civil war.

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