On the Radar
Just two years after U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq, the U.S. ambassador there says the country may be one suicide attack away from a full-on civil war.
“We’re in a very precarious situation where a misstep anywhere could set off larger conflicts within the country, and that's what we need to stay away from,” Ambassador Robert Stephen Beecroft told “On the Radar” during an interview at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. “The wrong person gets killed, the wrong mosque gets attacked and exploded and you run the risk of sectarian conflict.”
Beecroft said 2,000 “hard core” extremists are estimated to be provoking sectarian violence within the country.
“You look from 2008 basically to 2012, you're about half all those years combined of what you had this year in 2013,” he said of the levels of violence. “It’s a real spike and a real, real serious problem.”
So, what’s to blame for the recent spike in bloodshed?
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