Iraq Warns that Al-Qaida Militants Possess Major Firepower; Bombings Kill 31 1/20/14
BAGHDAD - An Iraqi official is warning that the al-Qaida-linked militants who have seized control of Fallujah (fuh-LOO'-juh) have amassed enough firepower to occupy Baghdad.
That assessment from Iraq's deputy interior minister comes amid a series of bombings in central Iraq today that have killed more than 30 people. Most of the bombings were in the capital. The deadliest blast hit an outdoor market south of Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding 13, while a bomb on a nearby street killed two more.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi army continues to press its offensive to retake Fallujah. Iraq's al-Qaida branch has taken over parts the city's center and parts of Ramadi, the capital of the largely Sunni western province of Anbar. The deputy interior minister (Adnan al-Asadi) describes the militants' arsenal as "huge and advanced," though he did not go into detail on the type of quantity of the weapons.