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Archive | January, 2005

EYEWITNESS: BAGHDAD

Violence continues to plague Iraq’s capital on the eve of the election, but still some residents are determined to vote. By Dahr Jamail

As violence continues unabated in the lead up to the elections, hope continues to drive many here who fully intend to vote in spite of the daily car bombs and fierce street fighting in several cities.

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Hollow Election Held on Bloody Day

BAGHDAD — An overnight rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad that killed two Americans and injured four others set the tone for the election Sunday.

By the end of the day at least 29 people had been killed in attacks on polling stations and voters.

An hour after polling stations opened at 7am, mortar blasts began echoing across the capital city, at almost an attack a minute at times.

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Some See Hope, Others Civil War

BAGHDAD — Some Iraqis are hoping for a new unity following elections Jan. 30, but others seem convinced that existing divisions will increase, leading possibly to civil war.

While hundreds of thousands of Kurdish people are traveling from northern Iraq to Kirkuk to vote, many families in Baghdad are leaving the city in fear of a huge wave of violence.

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