Government Allies See Gains In Iraqi Elections

Politicians credited with stamping out insurgents and militias appear to be among the top vote-getters at the polls in Iraq.

Unofficial projections are suggesting allies of the U.S.-backed prime minister have made gains in yesterday's provincial elections.

One Basra voter says Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki deserves his vote because he "ended the militiamen's reign of terror."

Initial results from the landmark voting are not expected for days. But reports by Iraqi media and interviews by The Associated Press suggest candidates backing al-Maliki had strong showings in the crucial Shiite heartland in southern Iraq.

Many voters praised last year's government-backed crackdown that broke the Shiite militia control in Basra and other areas.

In the western Anbar province, Sunni tribesmen also are hoping to ride public support for their role in fighting insurgents.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by MRD Location: Jugville USA on Feb 2, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    First... Snake oil, Mrs. T, and Cactus Jack, I spent 15 months in Al Anbar prov.(Camp Ramadi and Corregidor). I saw many fine people get wasted. Personally, I hope we pull every soldier, sailor, Marine, and airmen out of that rat hole.Let the IP's use the invaluable training we provided them. If you have never chewed sand, it would be advisable to not show your ignorance. BTW, I voted for President Obama. I 'll bet when you get that stimulus check, you will tell the world how Pres. Obama is the man, but you will use another forum name. Rules and regulations will not let me post my name. I wish to god I could, but rules are rules. It is better to keep your mouth shut, and let people think you are intelligent, then open your mouth and remove all doubt.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 2, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    The sad part of the chosen ones plan is to cut and run which will lead to a catstrophe in Iraq with civilians. We all remember that North Vietnamese murdered millions when we left. I guess genocide is a democrat trait.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 1, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    MrT, great post, Iran will be right there. So pull all troops and weapons out of Iraq/iran. Let them have at each other.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Feb 1, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    No matter who is elected, as soon aa the Americans are out, Iraq will be right back where they were to begin with.Without an American military presence to keep the Iraqis in line, they will be naive enough to let some other dictator from Iran or Saudi Arabia take power once again. And then in 10 or 15 years, we can fight this war all over again. What fun.Should have listened to McCain when he said a military presence was needed.But no, a lot of Americans were naive enough to be seduced by the cult leader.

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