Iraqis go to polls amid conflict, security fears

By Loveday Morris, May 1, 2014

RAMADI, Iraq — The trickle of voters made its way through the deserted streets, the city quiet except for the intermittent boom of mortar fire, a reminder that this is a country at war once more.

About 12 million Iraqis voted Wednesday in the first elections since the withdrawal of U.S. troops, a crucial test for democracy in Iraq amid fears that the western Sunni province of Anbar is slipping from the Shiite government’s grip as the army struggles to put down an insurgency.

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