Sunday, January 30, 2005

More details from Reuters on the blasts. Other voting seems to be proceeding just fine, without violence. Up1: Police report the mortar attack did not hit the western Baghdad polling station, but instead a house behind the station. There were casualties. Source: Christian Amanpour @ CNN

Iraq's first multiparty polls in half a century have begun at dawn, elections intended to unite the country but which could instead foment sectarian strife and which insurgents have vowed to turn into a bloodbath. A suicide car bomber attacked an Iraqi security checkpoint protecting a polling station in west Baghdad shortly after voting began, killing a policeman, police sources said on Sunday. They said two Iraqi soldiers and two civilians were wounded in the attack near the Zahraa school, used as a voting centre. Full Story from Reuters via swissinfo.

Iraq's historic polls open (AFP via

Washington Times: Great expectations in Iraq.

Oliver North: Bombs, bullets, ballots (Washington Times)