Iraqis went to the polls on Wednesday to vote in the first general election since the U.S. pulled out of that war torn nation in 2011.
Eligible voters cast ballots to pick people for Iraq’s 328-seat Parliament. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is seeking a third term.
Violence is not uncommon in Iraq, and on election day at least a dozen persons were killed. It would be great if life returned to normal in Iraq, but it remains too soon after U.S. forces’ withdrawal.
The war that President George W. Bush started in March 2003 toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who later was executed. But it also destabilized that country.
President Barack Obama withdrew U.S. forces in 2011, But factions remain at odds in Iraq, creating instability in that Middle Eastern country.