Though militants used murder and intimidation to try to keep people from the polls, millions of Iraqis still voted in Sunday's parliamentary elections. The strong turnout is testament to Iraqis' desire for free elections and self-determination. The elections were also a hopeful sign that the Iraqi government is starting to stand on its own, as they were the first ones organized and secured by Iraqis since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 (though the U.S. military helped behind the scenes).
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