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Offbeat Iraq votes in first poll since IS defeat

07:05  12 may  2018
07:05  12 may  2018 Source:   bbc.com

Iraqi air strike targets Islamic State position in Syria - PM

  Iraqi air strike targets Islamic State position in Syria - PM The Iraqi air force carried out a new strike on an Islamic State position inside Syria, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office said in a statement on Sunday. The strike targeted a position used by the commanders of the group, south of the town of Deshaisha, the statement said. "The position was completely destroyed," it said.The Iraqi air force has already carried out several air strikes against IS in Syria since last year, with the approval of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State.

Around one million soldiers, police and other security personnel were voting across Iraq on Thursday in the first national elections since the country declared victory over the Iraqis are hoping that the vote can lock in a fragile peace, 15 blood-soaked years after the US-led ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein.

Iraqis are hoping that the vote can lock in a fragile peace, 15 blood-soaked years after the US-led ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Around one million soldiers, police and other security personnel were voting across Iraq on Thursday, May 10, in the first national elections since

A man walks next to election campaign posters in Baghdad, Iraq: About 7,000 candidates - many of them women - are running in the elections © EPA About 7,000 candidates - many of them women - are running in the elections

Iraqis are due to vote in the first parliamentary elections since the government declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) last year.

About 7,000 candidates from rival coalition alliances are vying for seats in the 329-member assembly.

Iraq is still struggling to rebuild itself after four years of war against IS, a BBC correspondent says.

He says whoever wins will need to keep Iraq's fragile unity in the face of sectarian and separatist tensions.

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Polls across the country are due to open at 04:00 GMT and close at 15:00 GMT.

Iraq's displaced forgotten in elections

  Iraq's displaced forgotten in elections While the election campaign is in full swing elsewhere in Iraq, the country's displaced camps holding hundreds of thousands of people barely register on the radars of those running for office. In "Camp Seven" in the western Anbar province not a single campaign poster can be seen appealing to those who have the right to cast their ballot at the parliamentary vote on May 12. The rows of UN tents are part of nine sprawling encampments in the region housing thousands of people who fled the devastating fight against the Islamic State group.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – For the first time since driving out Islamic State, Iraqis go to the polls on Even though he announced Islamic State’s defeat during his first four-year term casting their vote at a polling station two days before polls open to the public in a parliamentary election in Erbil, Iraq

Around one million soldiers, police and other security personnel were voting across Iraq on Thursday in the first national elections since the country declared victory over the Islamic State group. Servicemen in uniform queued up to cast their ballots two days before the rest of the country heads to the polls for

Iraqis can vote for rival lists of candidates. Most are predominantly Shia or Sunni, though the Kurds have their own lists.

The Shia-led government has won praise for the fight against IS militants, and security has vastly improved across the country.

But many Iraqis are disillusioned by widespread government corruption and a weak economy, the BBC's Martin Patience reports.

The vote also comes just days after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Some Iraqis fear their country could once again become a casualty in any struggle between America and Iran, our correspondent adds.

Iraq elections: Could Iran be the real winner?

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