More Blasts as Iraq Polls Close

At least 38 people were killed and dozens wounded by bombings this weekend in Iraq as millions of citizens headed to the polls Sunday. This weekend was the nationwide election of the 325-member parliament. Mortar rounds even reached into the Green Zone, where the U.S. Embassy operates. Rockets crashed into the Baghdad neighborhood of Ur, killing 12 people. On Saturday, a car bomb targeted a religious holy place for Shiite pilgrims, killing three people. Three attacks occurred Thursday, claiming the lives of 12 others. Sunday’s vote is a key moment in the country’s democratic development as it seeks to foster independence.