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Iraqi voters 'courageously' stood up to extremists: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the "Toward a Europe Whole and Free" conference at the Atlantic Council on April 29, 2014 in Washington. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday praised the millions of Iraqis who "courageously voted" in general elections, saying many had acted "heroically" in standing up to militant threats.

"With ink-stained thumbs, Iraqi voters sent a powerful rebuke to the violent extremists who have tried to thwart democratic progress and sow discord in Iraq and throughout the region," Kerry said in a statement.

 

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