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Iraqi Elections Coming Amid Surge of Violence

On April 30, Iraq will hold its first national election since U.S. military forces withdrew from the country in 2011. The voting will take place amid a surge of bloody violence and sectarian strife that has claimed thousands of lives. In central Baghdad, posters of the candidates are everywhere. Many Iraqis are filing their registration papers to receive their voter ID cards. The parliamentary elections are viewed as a key test for the country’s fledgling democracy. Voters like...

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