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Iraq Insurgents Unleash More Attacks as Election Day Nears

Insurgents unleashed a string of attacks across central and northern Iraq today that left about a dozen Iraqis and an American Marine dead, as officials began final preparations to hold the country’s first contested elections in decades. The attacks, which included suicide car bombings in the besieged cities of Samarra and Baquba, appeared to continue a pattern intended to sow fear among Iraqis before national and provincial elections on Sunday. Several of the strikes were aimed at Iraqi security forces. American and Iraqi officials fear that a steady drumbeat of violence before the vote will dissuade people from showing up at polling stations, thus casting doubt on the legitimacy of the election.Full Story

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