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Iraq Voters Defy Threats, Boycott Calls

Iraqis embraced democracy in large numbers Sunday, standing in long lines to vote in defiance of mortar attacks, suicide bombers and boycott calls. Pushed in wheelchairs or carts if they couldn't walk, the elderly, the young and women in veils cast ballots in Iraq's first free election in a half-century. (AP)

Unmasking the Insurgents

Shadow war: The elections won't stop the bombers, but quality intel — and luck — might help. (Newsweek)

Attacks Kill 35; Turnout Heavy Among Shiites and Kurds

At the day's end, election officials in Baghdad estimated that the nationwide turnout could exceed 60 percent. (NY Times)

Iraq Election Declared 'Success'

Iraq's first open election in decades is hailed by Iraqi officials and other leaders, despite a spate of attacks. (BBC)

Zarqawi Group Claims 13 Election Attacks

Militants loyal to Iraq's most wanted man, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed to have carried out more than a dozen suicide attacks against polling stations during Sunday's election, in a statement posted on the internet. (AFP)

Militant Group 'Shot Down RAF Plane'

Iraqi militant organisation claims it shot down an RAF Hercules transport plane, killing 15 Britons. (The Guardian)

2 Inquiries on Iraq Aid Are at Odds

Separate corruption inquiries into the Iraq oil-for-food aid program have clashed, leading to difficult negotiations over information-sharing and access to a crucial witness, according to officials on each side of the confidential talks between Justice Department officials and a United Nations-appointed commission. (NY Times)

Kurds Seek Presidency In Power Deal

Iraq could soon have its first Kurdish president, following behind the scenes talks. (The Guardian)

Kurdish TV Airs Militant Groups' Confessions

The Kudistan Democratic Party television aired confessions of 12 alleged members of the militant groups Ansar al Islam and Ansar al Sunna. The television station claimed that the alleged militants carried out many of the attacks in north of Iraq. (Asharq Al Awsat)

INVESTIGATIONS

Germany

Bin Laden Sent Iraqi Arrested in Germany — Report

An Iraqi arrested in Germany on suspicion of plotting an al Qaeda suicide attack in Iraq said he was sent on his mission by Osama bin Laden himself, a German magazine reported Saturday. (Reuters)

Kuwait

Five Terrorists Kills in Kuwait Police Offensive

Several people were killed when Kuwaiti police stormed a house of suspected terrorists today, the second straight day of clashes with Islamic militants. (PA)

Switzerland

Swiss Agree To Extradite Terror Suspect To Spain

Switzerland has agreed to extradite to Spain the suspected leader of a radical cell that planned a bomb attack in central Madrid, the Justice Ministry said on Friday. (Reuters)

Guantanamo

Account: Sexual Tactics Employed At Guantanamo

Female interrogators tried to break Muslim detainees at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay by sexual touching, wearing a miniskirt and thong underwear and in one case smearing a Saudi man's face with fake menstrual blood, according to an insider's written account. (AP)

My Nightmare of Torture And Assault, By Briton Held In Guantanamo

One of the four Britons freed from Guantanamo Bay last week has alleged being tortured, nearly suffocated and repeatedly assaulted in American detention, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. (The Independent)

Briton's Meeting With Bin Laden

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