Jan 15, 2005

RUTBAH, Iraq ? Local Iraqi citizens line up to vote at a polling site here Dec. 15. In open defiance toward radical Islamist insurgents, tens of thousands of Iraqis came out to the polls across the Sunni-dominated, Al Anbar province in Iraq, Dec. 15. In Rutbah, Iraqi troops provided security at polling sites with U.S. Marines from Task Force Highlander, Regimental Combat Team 2, standing by in case of any violent interference of the democratic process.

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