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Iraqis Vote for 1st Full-Term Parliament

Iraqis voted in a historic parliamentary election Thursday, with strong turnout reported in Sunni Arab areas that had shunned balloting last January, bolstering U.S. hopes of calming the insurgency enough to begin withdrawing its troops. Several explosions rocked Baghdad as the polls opened, including a large one near the heavily fortified Green Zone, and a bomb killed a hospital guard near a polling station in Mosul. But violence overall was light and did not appear to discourage Iraqis, some of whom came to vote wrapped in their country’s flag on a bright, sunny day. Full Story

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