WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Escalating violence in Iraq could force a dramatic course correction in the conduct of war in that country, says a report.
Such a change in direction could be come about based on response from Iraqi leaders, neighboring Arab countries and U.S. advisers, says The Washington Times.
Citing other sources and leaks from a U.S. task force headed by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, the report said numerous options are being mentioned in Washington.
It said they include the partition of Iraq into three ethnic or faith-based regions, and a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops, with some of those troops deployed in neighboring countries.
Another option, which is taken seriously by many of Iraq's leading political players, is installing a strongman in Iraq who would restore order.
Falah Hassan al-Naqib, a Sunni politician and an interior minister in Iraq's interim government, told the Times he has met often with U.S. and Iraqi generals to discuss these alternatives
Baker recently told ABC television, "I happen to think, and I think it's fair to say our commission believes, that there are alternatives between the stated alternatives ... of stay the course and cut and run."