|archmage||Date: Thursday, 01-May-2014, 0:08 AM | Message # 1|
-- dragon lord--
The first parliamentary elections in Iraq since US troops left the country three years ago have taken place today. In the past year the civilian death toll in sectarian violence in Iraq has risen to alarming levels, with hundreds killed every single month. The surge in violence predicted by most experts came to be reality and 2014 has, so far, been particularly deadly. This is our monthly round up of the violent attacks in Iraq, which have been getting inadequate coverage in the mainstream media. This month the focus is on those elections as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attempts to secure a third term but there are 9,000 candidates for only 328 seats and many observers have voiced concerns about the transparency of the vote. In the build up to the election the suicide attacks, gun fights and car bombings have continued to claim lives on a daily basis and the country is as dangerous as ever since the end of the allied invasion.