Sunday, February 01, 2009

Peacful, Successful Elections in Anbar

Fears of attacks during the election were paralyzing many in Anbar province. Locals received warnings from AQI about attacks but most reports of possible attacks were spread by rumors. Coalition Forces along with Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police worked around the clock to ensure safety. The results were inconsevable: no attacks in Anbar. None. Al Qaeda in Iraq was proven impotent in the area that was there stomping ground from 2004 to 2006.

The threat is not gone though. Post-election violence is possible from the sore losers. AQI cells not rolled up still may continue the fight independent from the leadership that has long been cut off from. But for now Anbaries celebrate their right to vote and await the end of Iraqi Islamic Party dominance.

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