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Terrorists killed 19 Iraqis and a U.S. Marine yesterday and bombed polling stations in the country's Sunni heartland
With Iraq's election only three days away, terrorists killed 19 Iraqis and a U.S. Marine yesterday and bombed polling stations in the country's Sunni heartland. The flurry of attacks, including the execution murders of four Iraqi national guardsmen, came as U.S. investigators probed a helicopter crash that killed 31 U.S. troops on Wednesday. As part of an intensifying campaign of intimidation, the al Qaeda affiliate led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi posted a videotape on the Internet showing the murder of a candidate from the party of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. Iraqi expatriates began casting ballots in Sydney, Australia, yesterday, several jostling to be among the first to vote in Iraq's first independent elections in more than 50 years. Iraqi-Americans will begin voting in the United States today. To protect voters on Sunday, hundreds of American soldiers began moving out of their massive garrison on the western edge of Baghdad to take up positions at smaller bases throughout the city to respond more quickly to any election-day attacks. In the former rebel stronghold of Fallujah, where opposition to the balloting is strong, U.S. Marines drove through the city yesterday, urging people through loudspeakers to turn out. Iraqi newspapers also published for the first time the names of some 7,000 National Assembly candidates, many of whose identities had been kept secret to protect them from assassination, reports the New York Post. According to the Guardian Unlimited, insurgents killed nearly a dozen Iraqis and an American marine yesterday and bombed several polling centres in a wave of violence ahead of Sunday's elections. Hundreds of US soldiers from the Louisiana national guard were deployed from their base in Baghdad to take up positions around the city in preparation for the vote. Even though commanders have said Iraqi troops will be taking frontline responsibility for security on election day, thousands of US troops will also be deployed at checkpoints and running patrols on the day. Iraq's army chief said he would need at least another six months before his troops were ready to take control of cities and towns across the country, although American commanders say it is likely to take considerably longer.
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