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New Iraqi Operation Aims to Protect Voters

Iraqi security forces have started a nationwide operation to protect more than 500 voter registration centers for a planned constitutional referendum and general election, the Interior Minister said Thursday. Bayan Jabr said the operation began on Aug. 1 and will go on for a month. He acknowledged that there are problems in the tense western province of Anbar, where Sunni Muslim insurgents are active and where at least 21 U.S. Marines were killed this week. As of Wednesday, 544 registration centers opened throughout the country where 16 million voters can register. A referendum on the new constitution, which is still being drafted, is scheduled for Oct. 15, while general elections are supposed to take place Dec. 15 — assuming the charter wins approval. Full Story

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