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article imageEscalating violence and first Iraqi elections post US withdrawal

By SarahJones     Apr 27, 2013 in World
Iraq holds its first election since the withdrawal of US troops in a climate of violence that has left hundreds killed and wounded in recent clashes.
Iraq held its first election since the withdraws of US troops. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recently applauded the courage and determination of the Iraqi people which he said "thwarted attempts to disrupt the electoral process through a vicious campaign of assassinations of candidates, threats to electoral staff and terrorist attacks." The Secretary General has also called "for actions to enable the organization of elections in the remaining Governorates, including Anbar and Ninewa, without further delay."
But the top United Nations official in Iraq Martin Kobler, says that the country could head towards the unknown if decisive measures are not taken immediately to stop escalating violence, following recent clashes that killed and wounded hundreds.
"Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in recent clashes across the country, including in Hawija, north of Baghdad, where government helicopters shot at militants hiding in the village, resulting in dozens of people killed or injured," according to the United Nations.
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