Sunday, January 30, 2005

Battle for Democracy in Iraq Begins

Multi-National Force-Iraq Press Release:
Iraqi Police Stations, Polling Places Targeted

Camp Echo, Iraq -- Iraqi police stations and polling places were targeted by anti-Iraqi forces in several attacks Jan. 29.

An Iraqi National Guard checkpoint about six kilometers north of Al Hilla was attacked by terrorists with machine gun fire about 7:50 p.m. There was no Multi-National Forces killed or wounded.

The polling station in Abu Mustafa, about 15 kilometers west-north of Al Hilla, was the target for a mortar attack about 8 p.m. A mortar grenade exploded near polling station, but no one was killed or wounded.

In another mortar attack in Al Mashru about at 8:40 p.m, two mortar grenades exploded about 500 meters from a polling station. There was no Multi-National Forces killed or wounded. No damages were reported.

Another mortar attack targeted the Iraqi police station in Al Mashru about 11:20 p.m. Two grenades exploded in the vicinity of the station, but no casualties or damages were reported.

myway via Drudge
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqis voted Sunday in their country's first free election in a half-century, as insurgents made good on threats of violence with a car bomb and mortar attacks in at least two cities. Casting his vote, President Ghazi al-Yawer called it Iraq's first step "toward joining the free world."
BAGHDAD, Iraq — U.S. forces on Saturday captured seven suspected insurgents believed to be behind an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that killed two Americans and wounded six.

Democracy in Iraq (is coming)
It will be a day forever remembered. My voting was only a simple act, I went, I identified myself, got my finger stained, filled out a ballot, and dropped it in a box. It is not a complex or grand process to the eye, but it is one that I will forever remember and will recount to my children, and their children. And God willing it will be remembered through the ages.