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Envoy Faults Militias’ Interference in Iraq Vote

Kurdish and Shiite factional militias and other armed men blocked voters from polling sites in scattered locations during Iraq’s national elections, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Friday. While the intimidation likely was not serious enough to influence the outcome of Thursday’s vote, one U.S. diplomat said, the overt militia role was part of a dangerous trend in Iraqi politics. “This should not grow,” the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters in Baghdad. It was the latest of several U.S. warnings to the transitional government and political parties about the escalating role of party-linked militias. Full Story

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