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Thursday  December 15, 2005

Ballot shortage keeps some from Iraq polls 12/15/2005, 8:02 p.m. PT
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) Nearly a third of the polling stations in this former insurgent bastion didn't get ballot boxes and there weren't enough ballots, forcing authorities to turn away some Sunni Arabs who joined the rush to vote Thursday.
Millions of Iraqis vote in relative peace 12/15/2005, 8:02 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Millions of Iraqis, from tribal sheiks to entire families with children in tow, turned out Thursday to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election among the freest ever in the Arab world.
CNN: Iraq mistakenly freed terror leader 12/15/2005, 7:19 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraqi security forces caught terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi but released him because they didn't realize who he was, the deputy interior minister said Thursday, according to CNN.
A look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq 12/15/2005, 5:26 p.m. PT
(AP) As of Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at least 2,153 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 1,691 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. The figures include five military civilians.
Sweden reports attempted Iraq poll attack 12/15/2005, 3:52 p.m. PT
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) Someone threw gasoline-filled bottles Thursday at a polling station in a Stockholm suburb where Iraqi expatriates were voting in parliamentary elections.
Millions of Iraqis vote in relative peace 12/15/2005, 3:42 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Millions of Iraqis, from tribal sheiks to entire families with children in tow, turned out Thursday to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election among the freest ever in the Arab world.
Millions of Iraqis vote in relative peace 12/15/2005, 3:11 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Millions of Iraqis, from tribal sheiks to entire families with children in tow, turned out Thursday to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election among the freest ever in the Arab world.
Ballot shortage keeps some from Iraq polls 12/15/2005, 2:29 p.m. PT
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) Nearly a third of the polling stations in this former insurgent bastion didn't get ballot boxes and there weren't enough ballots, forcing authorities to turn away some Sunni Arabs who joined the rush to vote Thursday.
A look at U.S. military deaths in Iraq 12/15/2005, 2:23 p.m. PT
(AP) As of Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at least 2,152 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 1,691 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers. The figures include five military civilians.
A look at key Mideast elections 12/15/2005, 1:42 p.m. PT
(AP) Mideast nations have long held elections, though they have rarely been democratic. Still, some countries have shown halting movement toward greater freedoms. Here is a look at some key elections.
Security main worry for most Iraqi voters 12/15/2005, 1:32 p.m. PT
BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) From women in black veils to sheiks in white headdresses, voters across much of Iraq, but especially insurgent-infested areas, seemed to all want the same thing security.
Analysis: Iraq election a step forward 12/15/2005, 1:04 p.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) The heavy turnout for elections Thursday was a big step for Iraq's fledgling democracy, but momentum could falter if Iraqis can't quickly put together an inclusive government that lures discontented Sunni Arabs from the insurgency.
This time, Sunnis decide to participate 12/15/2005, 11:55 a.m. PT
AZAMIYAH, Iraq (AP) Thabet Waleed woke at 6 a.m., said his prayers and headed to the polling place near his home, not just to vote but also to monitor elections. It was in stark contrast to last January, when he slept until midmorning and boycotted the balloting.
Turnout strong for Iraq parliamentary vote 12/15/2005, 11:20 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraqis voted Thursday in one of the largest and freest elections in the Arab world, with strong turnout reported in Sunni areas and even a shortage of ballots in some precincts. Several explosions rocked Baghdad throughout the day, but the level of violence was low.
Most Iraqi voters want security, stability 12/15/2005, 11:08 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Despite their ethnic and religious differences, most Iraqis who voted Thursday agreed that what they need most from the future government is security and stability. Christians and Muslims, Arabs and Kurds, all said they need better than the misery they are living.
Three killed in sporadic Iraq violence 12/15/2005, 9:14 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) The level of violence around Iraq appeared to be low Thursday during parliamentary elections, with bombs killing three people despite promises by major insurgent groups not to attack polling places.
Iraqis turn out to vote in large numbers 12/15/2005, 8:45 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraqis voted Thursday in one of the largest and freest elections in the Arab world, with strong turnout reported in Sunni areas and even a shortage of ballots in some precincts. Several explosions rocked Baghdad throughout the day, but the level of violence was low.
Most Iraqi voters want security, stability 12/15/2005, 8:14 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Despite their ethnic and religious differences, most Iraqis who voted Thursday agreed that what they need most from the future government is security and stability.
Iraqis rewarded for patience at the polls 12/15/2005, 7:34 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Trodding along streets emptied of traffic, Iraqis swarmed to polling stations Thursday, lined up patiently to be searched, pored over long paper ballots with dozens and dozens of candidate lists and then cast their votes for a permanent legislature.
Ambassador: Iraq turnout appears high 12/15/2005, 6:40 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said first indications were of a very high turnout in Thursday's parliamentary elections, which he hoped would result in a broad-based government that could address the "legitimate" concerns of Iraq's Sunni Arab minority.
Italy to pull out 300 troops from Iraq 12/15/2005, 3:42 a.m. PT
ROME (AP) Italy's defense minister said Thursday the country will pull 300 more troops out of Iraq in January, continuing a gradual withdrawal begun earlier this year.
Iraqis vote for 1st full-term parliament 12/15/2005, 3:14 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraqis voted in a historic parliamentary election Thursday, with strong turnout reported in Sunni Arab areas that had shunned balloting last January, bolstering U.S. hopes of calming the insurgency enough to begin withdrawing its troops.
Women legislators' reviews mixed in Iraq 12/15/2005, 2:50 a.m. PT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Mariam al-Rayes still remembers the words of a skeptical colleague at law school. "You cannot work as a lawyer because people do not trust women lawyers," he told her many years ago.

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