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Iraqi elections threatened by terror

The Iraqi government is scrambling to address the terror threat to polling stations and voters with elections scheduled for April 30.
Iraqi security forces stand guard during an election campaign for candidates of Al-Sadiqoon in Baghdad, April 25, 2014. The elections, a key test for the country's fledgling democracy, will take place against a backdrop of increasing violence and fighting in western Anbar province to expel al-Qaeda linked groups. The run-up to the national election on April 30 has been marred by attacks. A series of explosions killed 28 people and wounded more than 40 at Asaib's rally in Iraq on Friday, police and medical s
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Security during elections is the main concern in Iraq. Even though officials affirmed the creation of new plans to secure the electoral process, it is still highly doubtful that polling stations in the insecure areas of Anbar, Baghdad and Diyala will be well protected.

Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesman for the Interior Ministry and the Baghdad Operations Command, told Al-Monitor, “Military and security forces were handed over the school buildings affiliated with the Ministry of Education, which will serve as polling stations during the voting process taking place on April 30.”

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