- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2005

Amid what appears to be record turnout in yesterday’s Iraqi elections, violence at the polls hit a record low.

As of late yesterday, two election-day deaths and one the day before had been confirmed. Outside Baghdad, roadside bombs killed one Iraqi soldier, one civilian and wounded one other. On Wednesday night, a bomb killed a Marine in Ramadi and on Tuesday insurgents killed Sunni candidate Mexher al-Dulaimi. Additionally, U.S. officials said two rockets were fired yesterday in Baghdad, one near polls, wounding three people.

Elsewhere, little violence was reported. Once-notorious Sadr City, population 2.6 million, was quiet. Third Infantry Division officials told American Forces Press Service that not a single incident had been reported.

In the October elections, as we reported yesterday, there were 89 attacks and 49 casualties, according to American Enterprise Institute military historian Frederick W. Kagan. In January, during the other elections, there were 299 attacks resulting in 213 casualties.



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