Powell downbeat on Iraq

US Secretary of State Colin Powell has admitted the violence in Iraq is worsening, a harsher view of the insurgency than George W. Bush, who said at the weekend the country was making steady progress toward elections.
In the latest violence, a car bomb yesterday killed three Iraqi National Guards in the northern city of Mosul and five people were killed and 46 wounded in US strikes on the Baghdad stronghold of radical Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
“It’s getting worse,” Mr Powell told a US television interviewer. “And the reason it’s getting worse is that they are determined to disrupt the election. They do not want the Iraqi people to vote for their own leaders in a free, democratic election.”
The Australian: Powell downbeat on Iraq as bomb kills 3 [September 28, 2004]