"If we need to do it, yes, we'll do it" said Iraq's interim interior minister Falah al-Nakib. This announcement one day after a car bomb killed
35 people and injured 145, near an Iraqi army recruitment center.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraq's interim interior minister says martial law could be declared in the country if there are continued attacks like the car
bombing that killed 35 people Thursday in Baghdad.
"If we need to do it, yes, we'll do it. We won't hesitate," said Falah al-Nakib, in response to a question about a possible declaration of martial
"This is the security of our country. This is the security and life of our people," al-Nakib said.
In addition to the 35 people killed, 145 others were wounded in the Thursday car bombing, which targeted an Iraqi army recruitment center but
inflicted a heavy toll on civilians on the street nearby.
Interim Defense Minister Hazem Shalan al-Khuzaei said that "in the next few days, we will chase [the insurgents] ... from house to house and from
street to street, by all means available."Visiting the scene of the blast, interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi vowed his people would prevail in
the face of mounting violence before the June 30 political handover from the United States.
"This is an escalation that we have been expecting," Allawi said. "The government of Iraq is determined to confront the enemies."
That's a big step in the war on terror, I hope it's the right one. How will declaring martial law affect our troops? I mean, since they're
basically the law there right now, do you think that this will help in the fight or will the martial law be ignored and the attacks will continue?
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