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Baghdad Falls Quiet As Zarqawi Threatens Poll
Teh Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-15-2005 | Anton La Guardia/Oliver Poole

Posted on 12/14/2005 5:33:50 PM PST by blam

Baghdad falls quiet as Zarqawi threatens poll

By Anton La Guardia Diplomatic Editor and Oliver Poole in Baghdad
(Filed: 15/12/2005)

The terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi vowed to disrupt today's general election in Iraq as a nationwide travel ban was imposed to reduce the threat of car bombings.

A woman holds her inked finger after voting in Tehran in elections for Iraqis living abroad

With Iraqi exiles starting to cast their ballots, including in Zarqawi's home town of Zarqa in Jordan, a statement issued by his branch of al-Qa'eda announced "a blessed conquest to shake up the bastions of non-believers and apostates and to ruin the 'democratic' wedding of heresy and immorality".

There were sporadic shooting and bombing attacks at polling stations yesterday, and several candidates have been killed in recent weeks. But overall the level of violence seemed to have dropped in the run-up to the poll.

Border posts and airports were sealed on Tuesday night, a night-time curfew was extended and cars have been banned from the roads.

Baghdad's congested streets fell unusually quiet yesterday, with the only sound coming from the odd police siren, occasional gunshots or an American helicopter.

In Tahrir Square posters were hung depicting Zarqawi dressed as a blood-red monster with the motto: "He wants to destroy elections, democracy, progress." There are growing signs that Sunni Arabs, who have led the insurgency for more than two years, will vote in unprecedented numbers.

Many appear convinced that the boycott of last year's elections handed power to Shias and Kurds, allowing them to draw up a federal constitution that Sunnis regard as a plan to break up the country.

Some militant Sunni factions, such as the Islamic Army in Iraq, has promised not to target polling stations.

The result may decide whether Iraq plunges into civil war or begins to turn the corner. This, in turn, will affect the ability of America and Britain to begin a controlled withdrawal.

Washington and London are hoping that a new government will be formed within weeks, avoiding the debilitating months of coalition wrangling that followed last January's elections.

Security has been tightened in and around polling stations

They also hope to draw neighbouring countries into the process of stabilising Iraq, perhaps by inviting them to help form a "contact group" along the lines of one that tried for years to end the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

Three men, all of them Shia, are seen as a possible prime minister: Adel Abdel-Mahdi, of the main Shia religious faction, the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution (SCIRI); Iyad Allawi, a former London exile who served as Iraq's first interim prime minister last year; and Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the current prime minister and head of the religious Daawa party.

One of the first tasks for the new government, which will rule for four years, will be to agree with US and British officials the procedure for a gradual hand-over of power to Iraqi forces.

There are signs that the Shia coalition that presently dominates Iraq could break up over the issue. SCIRI and Dawa want the US presence to continue for some time but they have now formed alliances with Moqtada al-Sadr, the militant cleric whose followers have fought with US and British troops and who demands the immediate departure of the "occupiers".


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baghdad; falls; iraq; iraqielection; poll; quiet; threatens; zarqawi

1 posted on 12/14/2005 5:33:50 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Polls open in 2-3 hours. Not counting all the absentee voting that has been going on since Monday.


2 posted on 12/14/2005 5:35:35 PM PST by RightWhale (Not transferable -- Good only for this trip)
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To: blam

Premature ejaculation on the part of the Telegraph.


3 posted on 12/14/2005 5:35:47 PM PST by johniegrad
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To: blam

Methinks Zarquawi is full of sh*t if he thinks he can "disrupt" the elections. Kinda like the Monty Python knight...."'tis only a flesh wound"...


4 posted on 12/14/2005 5:36:05 PM PST by pissant
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To: blam
Tomorrow will be remembered as the MOAV(the Mother Of All Voting)!! WATCH the millions upon millions cast votes in Iraq!! A day that'll live in infamy in the Iraqis hearts and minds!!
5 posted on 12/14/2005 5:38:08 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: blam

Zarqawi needs to lighten up a little.


6 posted on 12/14/2005 5:38:32 PM PST by Altair333 (Stop illegal immigration: George Allen in 2008)
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To: blam

Hey Zarqawi, have you met Betty yet? I think she would tell you ro go to hell... yes, yes she would.


7 posted on 12/14/2005 5:38:58 PM PST by WatchYourself
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To: blam

By this time tomorrow night, the dead enders in Iraq will feel much like our Insurgent Democrats in this country....... LOOOOSERS


8 posted on 12/14/2005 5:39:17 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: blam
Zarqawi threatens poll

If you know when and where they are going to strike, you have a pretty good chance of catching them. How many polls can there be? And he'll have to do it while the voting is going on. Here's hoping that al-Zarqawi will make a mistake.

9 posted on 12/14/2005 5:39:18 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: blam

If I were Iraqi would have them ink my middle finger.


10 posted on 12/14/2005 5:39:47 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: blam
Purple Finger's the "Jihad This" answer to al Zarqawi and his band of head-hacking thugs.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

11 posted on 12/14/2005 5:39:47 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Altair333

"Zarqawi needs to lighten up a little."

Yeah....chill out Zarkmeister....your are just sooooo immature....


12 posted on 12/14/2005 5:41:19 PM PST by fizziwig
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To: All

Zarqawi is going straight to Hell. My only prayer is that it's sooner rather than later, and he's sent there by the joint hand of coalition/Iraqi forces. They've both got a score to settle with him, each should be there when he breaths his last.

BTW, are we having a LIVE Iraqi vote thread tonight?


13 posted on 12/14/2005 5:41:34 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Mr. President: It is now time to turn over the money changers' tables.)
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To: blam

Zarqawhi is a pimple on a pig's penis.


14 posted on 12/14/2005 5:42:15 PM PST by lawdude (LIEberals/socialists make up facts and history as they go!)
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To: blam
...including in Zarqawi's home town of Zarqa in Jordan...

I presume that "wi" stands for asshole.

15 posted on 12/14/2005 5:43:26 PM PST by Recovering Hermit
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To: Recovering Hermit

snicker


16 posted on 12/14/2005 5:45:21 PM PST by xmission (What has four legs and an arm?... A happy pitbull)
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To: goldstategop

The Iraqis missed a golden, or should I say purple opportunity. They should have dipped their middle fingers in the purple dye upon voting, blatantly sticking it to the terrorists.


17 posted on 12/14/2005 5:45:22 PM PST by right wing (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: RightWhale; All

"Not counting all the absentee voting that has been going on since Monday."

That impressed the h#ll out of me. And to think that the MSM covered that? The people in hospitals and nursing homes, etc. taking the time to vote? I mean, you don't EVER hear of that happening here in America. Maybe in 2006/08 the media will cover the counting of the military ballots from overseas? Of those Americans living or traveling elsewhere but still taking the time to vote? (Are there any? Or do Ex-pats not care?)

We need to all step back, take a breath and just ABSORB what the Iraqi people are doing! I mean, how many Freepers could we possibly have here that were around when our country was first forming? Except for Jim Robinson, of course! *WINK*

We are seriously standing on the edge of History! Are you appreciating the gravity of this? Well, I am. But I'm kind of a sap that way. ;)


18 posted on 12/14/2005 5:48:00 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: right wing

Hand signals vary from country to country. Maybe they did.


19 posted on 12/14/2005 5:55:57 PM PST by RightWhale (Not transferable -- Good only for this trip)
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To: RightWhale

Let's hope so.


20 posted on 12/14/2005 6:01:22 PM PST by right wing (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: blam

The man is a first-rate b*****d.


21 posted on 12/14/2005 6:02:55 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: right wing

From some of the commentary by those who have voted already, there are some mightily annoyed people in Iraq, and they aren't the terrorists. They will take charge of their own country.


22 posted on 12/14/2005 6:03:39 PM PST by RightWhale (Not transferable -- Good only for this trip)
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To: Altair333

"Zarqawi needs to lighten up a little."

Zarqawi needs a little tag on one of his toes.



23 posted on 12/14/2005 6:03:58 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: RightWhale

The sooner the better and God bless them....


24 posted on 12/14/2005 6:15:43 PM PST by right wing (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: right wing

At this time in Iraq a purple index finger IS a middle finger right in Zarkawi's face.


25 posted on 12/14/2005 6:55:22 PM PST by Cheburashka
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To: blam
Baghdad falls quiet as Zarqawi threatens poll

Are they implying some type of causal relationship?

26 posted on 12/14/2005 7:25:29 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: Mike Darancette
"Are they implying some type of causal relationship?"

I don't 'read' it that way.

27 posted on 12/14/2005 7:56:04 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Let's see, Zarqawi, that's the guy who wears the dress right? And makes lots of threats? He should either prove that he is a true believer and blow himself up or go to Oak Lawn and explain why he is dressed like that.


28 posted on 12/14/2005 8:41:33 PM PST by KarinG1 (Some of us are trying to engage in philosophical discourse. Please don't allow us to interrupt you.)
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