Iraq security adviser says violence levels falling: "TOKYO (Reuters) - The level of violence in Baghdad has fallen sharply since July thanks to troop reinforcements and the new government's efforts to reconcile warring Shi'ites and Sunnis, Iraq's national security adviser said on Tuesday.
Mowaffaq al-Rubaie insisted that the sectarian and insurgent bloodshed that has seized Iraq was not a civil war, a description U.S. President George W. Bush's administration has strenuously avoided in the face of mounting casualties.
'This is absolutely not a civil war,' Rubaie told Reuters in an interview during a visit to Japan. 'Al Qaeda tried for that for three years and failed miserably. But it has created a crack between Shias and Sunnis.'"
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