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Wednesday  December 14, 2005

Mortar lands near Green Zone as polls open 12/14/2005, 9:09 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraqis lined up amid tight security Thursday to vote in a historic parliamentary election the U.S. hopes will lay the groundwork for American troops to withdraw, with a mortar landing near the heavily fortified Green Zone just minutes after polls opened.
U.N.: Human rights in Iraq require action 12/14/2005, 8:41 p.m. PT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The human rights situation in Iraq requires urgent action by the Iraqi government and the U.S.-led multinational force, the U.N.'s political chief said Wednesday.
High voter turnout expected in Fallujah 12/14/2005, 7:52 p.m. PT
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) Buildings still lie in ruins, pulverized by one of the most intense urban battles of the Iraq war. The city is sealed off, with only residents allowed into or out of the tight security cordon.
A look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq 12/14/2005, 5:18 p.m. PT
(AP) As of Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at least 2,151 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,690 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. The figures include five military civilians.
Rumors of poisoned water spread in Baghdad 12/14/2005, 4:12 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Rumors swept the Iraqi capital early Thursday that the city's water supply had been poisoned, prompting a public denial from the Health Ministry only hours before polls were to open for national parliamentary elections.
Iraqis voting in Iran back Shiite parties 12/14/2005, 3:25 p.m. PT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Thousands of Iraqis voted in Iran on Wednesday, turning out in force to back Shiite parties seeking to maintain their dominance in Iraq's parliament.
Troops in place on eve of Iraqi vote 12/14/2005, 3:20 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Troops were in place, the borders were closed and the ballots were ready early Thursday on the eve of Iraqi parliamentary elections that the U.S. hopes will build democracy and lay the groundwork for American troops to begin returning home.
A look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq 12/14/2005, 2:24 p.m. PT
(AP) As of Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at least 2,150 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,690 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. The figures include five military civilians.
101st Airborne fights a faceless enemy 12/14/2005, 11:44 a.m. PT
BEIJI, Iraq (AP) The explosions erupt from sand piles on the shoulder of a road, or from potholes that pock the highways. They come from propane tanks filled with explosives and buried in the ground or from artillery shells wired and hidden in the shadows.
U.S. troops ready to back up Iraqi forces 12/14/2005, 11:37 a.m. PT
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) U.S. troops won't be at the polling stations for Thursday's national elections. But they'll be close by ready to back up Iraqi security forces if called upon.
Embedded with the 101st Airborne 12/14/2005, 11:24 a.m. PT
(AP) EDITOR'S NOTE: AP writer Ryan Lenz is embedded with the 3rd Brigade of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in Iraq and will be filing periodic reports on life in that unit.
Shiite protesters burn Allawi's offices 12/14/2005, 10:47 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Angry Shiites marched Wednesday and set fire to the offices of a secular politician after a Shiite Arab guest criticized Iraq's Shiite religious leaders during an Al-Jazeera talk show.
Iraqi expat vote appears higher than Jan. 12/14/2005, 10:38 a.m. PT
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) Many more Iraqi expatriates are voting in the current legislative elections than in January's polls, electoral officials and international observers said Wednesday.
Envoy: 120 abuse cases at Iraqi centers 12/14/2005, 10:38 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) At least 120 abused prisoners have been found in two detention facilities run by the Shiite-led Interior Ministry, the U.S. ambassador said Tuesday.
Baghdad eerily quiet on eve of elections 12/14/2005, 10:17 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Campaigning halted Wednesday across Iraq to give its 15 million voters an opportunity to reflect before parliamentary elections the final step toward constitutional democracy since the ouster of Saddam Hussein two years ago.
Shiite protesters burn Allawi's offices 12/14/2005, 9:56 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Angry Shiites marched Wednesday and set fire to the offices of a secular politician after a Sunni Arab guest criticized Iraq's Shiite religious leaders during an Al-Jazeera talk show.
Some Sunnis still refuse to cast ballots 12/14/2005, 9:53 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Elections posters are plastered to the outer walls of Abu Fahd's home. But inside, the 45-year-old Sunni Arab changes the channel as soon as any candidates in Thursday's vote appear on television. Declaring the political process un-Islamic, Abu Fahd not only refuses to vote, but says he will forbid any members of his family from casting ballots.
Iraqi expat vote appears higher than Jan. 12/14/2005, 9:48 a.m. PT
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) Many more Iraqi expatriates are voting in the current legislative elections than in January's polls, electoral officials and international observers said Wednesday.
Envoy: 120 abuse cases at Iraqi centers 12/14/2005, 9:48 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) At least 120 abused prisoners have been found in two detention facilities run by the Shiite-led Interior Ministry, the U.S. ambassador said Tuesday.
What's at stake in Iraq's elections 12/14/2005, 9:36 a.m. PT
(AP) Iraq's first parliamentary election since the country's constitution was ratified in October will choose legislators to form a government to run the country for a full four-year term. During that time, the United States and its coalition partners are expected to start reducing their troop presence and handing over more control to Iraqi forces.
What's at stake in Iraq's elections 12/14/2005, 9:04 a.m. PT
(AP) Iraq's first parliamentary election since the country's constitution was ratified in October will choose legislators to form a government to run the country for a full four-year term. During that time, the United States and its coalition partners are expected to start reducing their troop presence and handing over more control to Iraqi forces.
Some major players in the Iraq elections 12/14/2005, 8:49 a.m. PT
(AP) Some of the major players in Iraq as it holds the first parliamentary elections under its new constitution Thursday:
Americans-Iraq poll, at a glance 12/14/2005, 8:38 a.m. PT
(AP) Most Americans see progress on establishing democracy in Iraq, but they are less optimistic about efforts to prevent a civil war and reduce the number of civilian casualties, polling found.
Al-Jazeera remarks anger Iraqi Shiites 12/14/2005, 5:06 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Angry Shiites marched Wednesday to protest remarks made on a talk show on Al-Jazeera television, in which a Sunni guest criticized Iraq's Shiite religious leaders.
Campaigning stops ahead of Iraq election 12/14/2005, 4:30 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Campaigning came to a stop Wednesday around Iraq to give the country's 15 million voters an opportunity to reflect before deciding who will govern their country for the next four years.
Campaigning stops a day ahead of Iraq vote 12/14/2005, 3:49 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Campaigning around Iraq stopped Wednesday to give the country's 15 million voters an opportunity to reflect before deciding who will govern their country for the next four years.

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