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What is a Civil War?

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12/25/2013

A war between factions of the same country; there are five criteria for international recognition of this status: the contestants must control territory, have a functioning government, enjoy some foreign recognition, have identifiable regular armed forces, and engage in major military operations.

or in simple words,

A violent conflict between opposing groups within a country that becomes so intense that it appears like a war.