Leaked US report shows Iraq close to 'chaos'


By Washington correspondent Kim Landers

A leaked military report shows the US Central Command believes Iraq is one step closer to what it describes as "chaos".

The classified material includes a colour-coded bar chart with the word "peace" in green at one end and "chaos" in red at the other.

The level of sectarian violence is marked with an arrow close to the word "chaos".

A Pentagon spokesman says it is "regrettable" the classified briefing has been leaked.

White House spokesman Tony Snow says the situation in Iraq has since changed.

"If you got the same report last week you would have found out the national sectarian incidents from the 21st to the 27th dropped 23 per cent," he said.

Opinion polls show the Iraq war is the number one concern of voters ahead of next week's US mid-term elections.