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Iraq in civil war, says former PM
Iraq is in the middle of civil war, the country's former interim prime minister Iyad Allawi has told the BBC.
He said Iraq had not got to the point of no return, but if it fell apart sectarianism would spread abroad.
The UK and US have repeatedly denied Iraq is facing a civil war, but Mr Allawi suggested there was no other way to describe the sectarian violence.
Meanwhile, at least 12 people have been in a series of violent incidents in the north of the country.
Cycle of reprisals
Analysts say Mr Allawi's comments are part of political manoeuvring as talks continue over creation of a government.
Speaking to troops in Basra, UK Defence Secretary John Reid insisted that the terrorists were failing to drive Iraq into civil war.
"We are losing each day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more - if this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is."
Former Iraq PM