New Threat to Iraq: Gridlock

War-ravaged Fallujah ran out of ballots as high voter turnout prompted election officials across Iraq to keep many polling stations open an extra hour. Iraqi insurgents had imposed a de facto cease-fire, with masked members setting up checkpoints west of Baghdad to keep al-Qaeda from bombing voting sites. In addition to this day of relative peace in Iraq--reported attacks were well below average-- the Dec. 15 vote bore another marked contrast to January's violent election day: Sunni Arabs didn't boycott this time and instead turned out en masse, with the hope of tipping the scales of Iraqi political power. With a...

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