At Least 12 Killed On Election Day In Iraq
Mortar rounds were fired in Baghdad and at least 12 people died as Iraq conducted elections this weekend, showing just how unstable the country remains after years of American involvement.
Insurgents had vowed to disrupt the elections — which they see as validating the Shiite-led government and the U.S. presence — with violence in order to increase uncertainty over a looming U.S. troop drawdown and widen still jagged sectarian divisions.
Mortar rounds were also lobbed toward the Green Zone, the heavily fortified area that is home to the U.S. Embassy and the prime minister’s office.
The attacks were aimed at unnerving the city’s residents to keep them from participating in the second election for a full term of parliament since the U.S.-led invasion seven years ago.
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