Insurgent Attacks Mar Early Iraq Vote

BAGHDAD -- Insurgents broke out the ammunition as Iraq opened its polling places this morning for a national election considered a major test of a still-fragile democracy.

A barrage of mortar fire killed at least 25 people across Iraq.

About 19 million Iraqis are eligible to vote for who will lead the country after U.S. forces pull out, in an election that will determine whether Iraq can overcome often deadly sectarian divisions.

Insurgents see the balloting as validating the Shiite-led government and the U.S. occupation.

At least 14 people died in northeastern Baghdad after an explosion leveled a building, and mortar attacks in western Baghdad killed seven people.

In another northeast neighborhood, three people were killed when someone threw a hand grenade at a crowd.

In a city about 20 miles south of Baghdad, a bomb inside a polling center killed a policeman.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    We should all thank God we are not fighting this thing on our own land.
  • by Chris on Mar 8, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    That's exactly the problem, they don't want democracy
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2010 at 04:26 PM
    I agree get or troops out of there now.Bush took care of that place with the troop serge that Obonga later admitted worked.We need them on THE BORDER OF MEXICO not with mexico B!
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Mar 7, 2010 at 03:26 PM
    That's not a very accurate picture/map of Iraq. Come on WITN, use more detailed satellite photos. (this post is pure sarcasm)
  • by B Location: nc on Mar 7, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    Not our problem, get our troops out and STOP SPENDING money in other countries!!! We need these troops on the border with mexico..

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