Members of the Iraqi security forces queue up to vote ahead of parliamentary elections on May 10, 2018 in Baghdad. (AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
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Around one million soldiers, police and other security personnel were voting across Iraq on Thursday in the first national elections since the country declared victory over Daesh (ISIS) group.Servicemen in uniform queued up to cast their ballots two days before the rest of the country heads to the polls for a parliamentary election Saturday, just five months after the months-long battle against the militants drew to a close. Iraqis are hoping that the vote can lock in the fragile peace that has settled over their country some 15 blood-soaked years since the US-led ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein. Overall, some 24.5 million voters are registered for the elections, with some of roughly one million Iraqis living abroad also set to begin voting Thursday.
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