If you really doubt that there is a civil war going on in Iraq, what does the fact that the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government has forbidden release of accurate counts of execution-style killings tell you? The Washington Post has the story today.
There is only one real reason to suppress these figures. It is because they demonstrate that the civil war is active and on-going.
And in the realm of good news out of Iraq, the U.S. military continues to rebuid schools and hospitals and continues to give out soccer balls to children.
Oh, and the AC-130 SPECTER gunships (call sign "Spooky")have been moved to bases in Iraq where they can operate with more time over target and less turn-around time. Here is a Canadian source for the same news.