Success! Iraq Election

Voters in Baghdad Walk to Vote

Iraqis risked their lives today to vote in their first free elections. This photo shows voters gathering for the walk down a dangerous Baghdad street to get to a polling place. Freedom…

The polls in Iraq have closed, ending the country’s first open elections in more than 50 years and setting a course for what U.S. officials hope will be a long democratic future.


All around the country, Iraqis defied threats of violence and cast their votes. An initial estimate of turnout from the Independent Electoral Commission (search) indicated that 72 percent of eligible Iraqi voters had turned out to cast their ballots.

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