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Bombings kill 28 in Iraq as offensive continues

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 20, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of bombings in central Iraq killed 28 people on Monday, as a government official claimed that al-Qaida-linked fighters have dug in to a city they seized last month and possess enough heavy weapons to storm into the country’s capital.

Since late December, members of Iraq’s al-Qaida branch — known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — have taken over parts of Ramadi, the capital of the largely Sunni western province of Anbar. They also control the center of the nearby city of Fallujah, along with other non-al-Qaida groups that also oppose the Shiite-led government.

“The weapons that were brought inside Fallujah are huge and advanced and frankly enough to occupy Baghdad,” Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi said in a speech.

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Fdworfe says... January 20, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Let’s talk long-term and short-term. I suppose long-term, we should hope that the Iraqi’s find peace and harmony and live happily ever after so they will be no further threat to regional or global stability. Short-term, quite frankly, I couldn’t care much less. Mean-spirited, vindictive? Yeah, I suppose so. But, selectively, I have a pretty good memory. I remember that the Iraqi’s—men, women, children—cheered wildly when it was open season for any bloodthirsty middle easterner to maim and kill our soldiers. I remember too that any scruffy al-Qaida or whatever brand of killer from any corner of the globe was welcomed into Iraq as long as he would shoot or blow up Americans. When Americans started pulling out, it was obvious. Those same killers were still killers and were still there. Iraq is stuck with them—and they’re stuck with each other, many of whom can only be trusted to kill. Fanatically religious killers, the absolute worst kind. Planet Earth may never be rid of such vermin, for human they are not--they just deserve each other.

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