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Bush: Iraq not in civil war
TALLINN, Estonia (CNN) -- In a news conference with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, U.S. President George Bush said the steady violence in Iraq is not a civil war, but is instead part of a plot to spark violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

"There's a lot of sectarian violence taking place, fomented in my opinion because of the attacks by al Qaeda causing people to seek reprisal," Bush said.

According to the president, the violence can be directly traced to the Feb. 22 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra.

"We've been in this phase for a while," he told reporters.

Bush travels to Jordan Wednesday for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on how adapt to what some administration officials have called a "new phase" in the Iraq war.
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