Top US military wonders whether Baghdad blasts might indicate future Sunni - Shi'ite violence

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August 23, 3009

BAGHDAD — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he’s extremely concerned by last week’s deadly bombings in Baghdad.

Adm. Mike Mullen, the top U.S. military officer, says the big question is whether the attacks are an indication of future sectarian violence. Mullen says that many in the military believe that sectarian violence is one way the situation in Iraq could unravel.

Mullen says Iraqi leaders need to take control and ensure security in their country.

The Iraqi military on Sunday broadcast the confession of a Sunni man identified as the mastermind of one of two suicide truck bombings targeting government buildings in Baghdad.

At least 101 people were killed in the blasts.

Mullen spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union.”