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Iraqis In First Vote Since U.S. Withdrawal

Iraqis have voted in provincial polls amid tight security. They are the first elections held in the country since the U.S. military withdrawal in late 2011. Nearly 14 million Iraqis were eligible to vote for more than 8,000 candidates running for 378 positions on provincial councils. Official preliminary results are expected in several days.

Policemen vote at provincial elections in Basra.
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Policemen vote at provincial elections in Basra.

Women voters look for their names on voters' lists in Basra.
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Women voters look for their names on voters' lists in Basra.

Voters after casting their ballots in Basra.
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Voters after casting their ballots in Basra.

A group of voters arrives to cast their ballots in Basra.
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A group of voters arrives to cast their ballots in Basra.

Policemen cast their votes during local elections in Basra.
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Policemen cast their votes during local elections in Basra.

A man casts his ballot in provincial elections under the supervision of a woman election monitor in Karbala.
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A man casts his ballot in provincial elections under the supervision of a woman election monitor in Karbala.

A woman casts her ballot in Karbala.
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A woman casts her ballot in Karbala.

People show their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes during provincial council elections in Najaf.
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People show their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes during provincial council elections in Najaf.

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Women vote in provincial elections in Kut.
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Women vote in provincial elections in Kut.

A boy with an Iraqi national flag and ink-stained finger after his mother casts her vote in Baghdad.
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A boy with an Iraqi national flag and ink-stained finger after his mother casts her vote in Baghdad.

An elderly man looks for his name in the voters' register in Baghdad.
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An elderly man looks for his name in the voters' register in Baghdad.

A young woman from Baghdad casts her ballot.
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A young woman from Baghdad casts her ballot.

Iraqi soldiers vote in local elections in Mosul.
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Iraqi soldiers vote in local elections in Mosul.

One of the polling stations for internally displaced Iraqis in Nineveh Province, Mosul.
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One of the polling stations for internally displaced Iraqis in Nineveh Province, Mosul.

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