Saturday, January 31, 2009

Polls Close in Iraq Elections, No Major Violence

US soldiers of the Alfa troop 5-1 Cavalry secure the area with Iraqi police (background) at the entrance of a polling station in the town of Mandali in Diyala province.

BAGHDAD — Iraq's provincial elections have wrapped up without any reports of serious violence.

Polls closed at 6 p.m. (10 a.m. EST) on Saturday — an hour later than planned — after millions of voters cast ballots for influential regional councils around most of Iraq. There were no reports of major violence.

Iraqi authorities imposed a huge security operation around the country that included traffic bans in major cities and extensive checkpoints and surveillance posts. The U.S. military also was out in force but did not take a direct role in the election security.

Results from the elections are not expected before Tuesday.

Read the entire story here

7 comments:

ABNPOPPA said...

AM,

Thanks for your comment at my blog. I just hope everyone does like you. A million emails to these guys would be nice.

I just left a comment over at Worth my Salt and Chaplin Lynn telling him I actually saw a"positive" story on NBC tonight about the Iraqi election. They actually interviewed 2 citizens who were quite happy.

My best to your warriors and to you.

Pops

Bruno LoGreco said...

This is great news, no mother has to worry if her son is next.

Thank you for your wonderful comments. :)

Beautiful song by the way. Chilling

Lisa said...

Well MAYBE things are getting a little better...we can hope!
Any news on a baby yet?????

Denise said...

We have won in Iraq but we will never see that in print..... We have freed thousands upon thousands of people for the cruel tyranny of an evil dictator. History will record that one day...... It is as with most things........ Good things never make the headlines here in our world but in God's kingdom HE records each deed...........

Mary said...

AM,

I am thankful there was no major violence connected with the election. That is great news. Thanks for keeping us posted.

Hope you are well. Missing Meeko and the house is eerily quiet, but he is no longer in pain and is not suffering. For that I am also thankful.

Blessings,
Mary

Love Letters to the Middle East said...

Thanks for this post. And applause to our Soldiers for a job well done!

Call Me Grandma said...

That is so wonderful that the Iraqi people can vote for who they want making the decisions that concern their lives.
Makes you so proud to know that our sons and daughters were (are) part of that history.
May God Bless the country of Iraq!