Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday at a business conference [in Dubai, UAE] that the war in Iraq "could be considered a civil war," the conference organizer said.
[..]Powell's comments come in sharp contrast to those of President Bush, who said Tuesday that Iraq is not in a civil war. Bush blamed al-Qaida extremists for the daily violence there.
Bush said Iraqis had "a chance to fall apart and they didn't."
The issue has become the focus of intense political debate in the United States in recent days. [..]During his speech, Hellaby said, Powell said the Iraq war had three phases. The first, the invasion phase, went as planned. But the second phase, the military occupation, was "badly handled," Powell said, according to the conference organizer.
Mistakes during the second phase led to the third, "which could be considered a civil war," Powell told the conference, according to Hellaby. Read on...