- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sunni turnout was so high in Thursday’s Iraqi elections that emergency shipments of ballots were needed in some polling stations to accommodate voters.

In Ramadi, a notorious stronghold of the terrorist insurgency, local election officials estimated that Sunni turnout would be as high as 80 percent. Reports surfaced that in some polling stations, the city’s insurgent militias — far from launching attacks — actually guarded voters as they cast ballots.

This is a sea change from the January elections, in which Sunni participation was extremely low and terrorist violence was significantly higher.

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