Calm as Iraq votes in early parliamentary polls amid tight security

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Voting was largely calm on Sunday as Iraq held a parliamentary election brought forward in response to months-long street protests in favour of reform. The elections are the second since Iraq declared military victory over the Islamic State militant group almost four years ago. While the militants have been weakened, Islamic State cells remain active and regularly carry out attacks in parts of Iraq. More than 250,000 security personnel have been deployed to secure polling stations across Iraq, officials said. Numerous checkpoints were set up in the capital Baghdad and some roads were closed. P…

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