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A U.S. Army Soldier with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion 1ST Infantry Regiment, prepares to blow off the lock of a door during a raid in Anah, Iraq. 2/1 is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to conduct counter-insurgency operations to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces; support Iraqi reconstruction and democratic elections; and to facilitate the creation of a secure environment that enables Iraqi self-reliance and self-governance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance CPL. Sheila M. Brooks) (Released)

Adel Al Lami (left), CHIEF Electoral Administration and Safwat Rashid (right), a member of the Independent Elections Council Iraq (IECI), hold a press conference at the Convention Center, Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 11, 2005. This conference was conducted to answer questions concerning the polling and election processes that will be held in Iraq on Jan. 11, 2005. (USAF PHOTO by MASTER SGT,Dave Ahlschwede) (Released)

Potential poll workers for the upcoming Iraqi elections wait to apply for permits. The historic Iraqi election will mark the first democratic elections since the country was first established in 1919

Members of the Iraqi Elections Board of Commissions Dr. Farid Ayar (left), and Mr. Ez Al Deem Al Mohammady (right), hold a press conference at the convention center in Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 25, 2005, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by MASTER SGT. Dave Ahlschwede) (Released)

US Marine Corps (USMC) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Jonathan C. Knauth (center), Combat Camera CHIEF, attached to Regimental Combat Team Seven (RCT-7), poses form a group photograph with a group of Iraqi men at the processing tent at Brahma Park, Iraq. The men were seeking jobs assisting with the upcoming elections in Iraq. The 1ST Marine Division, is engaged in Security & Stabilization Operations (SASO), in the Al Anbar Province in Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Navy (USN) SEABEEs assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seven (NMCB 7), Gulfport, Mississippi (MS), patrol the streets of Fallujah in armored High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). This is one day prior to Iraq's historic democratic elections. SEABEEs are providing additional security for coalition camps and voting precincts

US Navy (USN) SEABEEs assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 (NMCB 7), Gulfport, Mississippi (MS), patrol the streets of Fallujah in armored High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). This is one day prior to Iraq's historic democratic elections. SEABEEs are providing additional security for coalition camps and voting precincts

US Navy (USN) SEABEEs assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 (NMCB 7), Gulfport, Mississippi (MS), patrol the streets of Fallujah in armored High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). This is one day prior to Iraq's historic democratic elections. SEABEEs are providing additional security for Coalition camps and voting precincts

A female US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, observes as security measures are installed at a schoolhouse, to be used as a polling site in the upcoming Iraqi elections, in Nasarwasalam, Iraq. The 1ST Marine Division is engaged in Security and Stabilization Operations (SASO), in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

New Iraqi Army (NIA) Soldiers and a British Army Soldier assigned to the Air Reaction Force (ARF) from the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (DWR), file aboard a helicopter at a landing zone site at the Basra Airport, in Basra, Iraq. NIA Soldier and DWR Soldiers are assisting with security for the upcoming historical National elections. (SUBSTANDARD)

New Iraqi Army (NIA) Soldiers and a British Army Soldier assigned to the Air Reaction Force (ARF) from the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (DWR), brace against the prop wash of an approaching helicopter at a landing zone site at the Basra Airport, in Basra, Iraq. NIA Soldier and DWR Soldiers are assisting with security for the upcoming historical National elections

A US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine assigned to Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, provides security at a polling site for the upcoming Iraqi elections, in Nasarwasalam, Iraq. The 1ST Marine Division is engaged in Security and Stabilization Operations (SASO), in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

Two Iraqi electoral commissioners give a partial update of the results of ballot counting for the first Iraqi elections during a press briefing at the Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq, on Feb. 7, 2005. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by STAFF SGT. Angelique Perez) (Released)

Two Iraqi electoral commissioners take questions from the audience while they give a partial update of the results of ballot counting for the first Iraqi elections during a press briefing at the Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq, on Feb. 7, 2005. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by STAFF SGT. Angelique Perez) (Released)

U.S. Army PFC. Daniel Callen, from Charlie Troop, 1ST Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 1ST Infantry Divison, patrols the streets of Poliwoda, Balad, Iraq, on Feb. 8, 2005. When elections where held in this city no one voted because the civic leader building was bombed and there where protests against the Iraqi government. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by AIRMAN 1ST Class Kurt Gibbons III) (Released)

U.S. Army Calvary Scout PFC. Daniel Callen, from Charlie Troop, 1ST Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, wears night vision goggles while patroling the streets of Poliwoda, Balad, Iraq, on Feb. 8, 2005. When elections where held in this city no one voted because the civic leader building was bombed and there where protests against the Iraqi government. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by AIRMAN 1ST Class Kurt Gibbons III) (Released)

U.S. Army Soldiers from 1ST Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 1ST Infantry Divison, read a map while patroling the streets of Poliwoda, Balad, Iraq, at night on Feb. 8, 2005. When elections where held in this city no one voted because the civic leader building was bombed and there where protests against the Iraqi government. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by AIRMAN 1ST Class Kurt Gibbons III) (Released)

A group of Afghan locals gather round the streets of Baghran Valley as the American convoy enters the town for the Shura meeting schedule on the morning of August 22, 2005. Shura meetings are going on everywhere in Afghanistan to encourage people to vote on the incoming parliamentary elections on September 18, 2005. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

An Afghan man covers his face on the sight of a camera at the shura meeting held at Baghran Valley on August 22, 2005. Shura meetings are going on everywhere in Afghanistan to encourage people to vote on the incoming parliamentary elections on September 18, 2005. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

A group of Afghan locals listen to the loud speaker that was place outside a shura meeting held at Baghran Valley between local leaders and American officers on August 22, 2005. Shura meetings are going on everywhere in Afghanistan to encourage people to vote on the incoming parliamentary elections on September 18, 2005. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

A view of a shura meeting of locals and American Officers held on August 22, 2005 at Baghran Valley, Afghanistan. Shura meetings are going on everywhere in Afghanistan to encourage people to vote on the incoming parliamentary elections on September 18, 2005. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

SGT. 1ST Class Jill Chalfant (left) from 362nd Battalion PSYOP (Psychological Operations) and CHIEF Warrant Officer 3 Michael Squillini from 173rd Airborne Brigade, drop leaflets from a Black Hawk Helicopter near the villages of Shirin and Adam Khan in Afghanistan, August 29, 2005. Because of the upcoming parliamentary elections, leaflet drops have been a very resourceful method to promote messages of no fighting and support to the government of Afghanistan. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

An Afghan citizen has his finger dipped in ink to show that he has voted in the countries first parliamentary elections, Sept. 18, 2005. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jason R. Krawczyk) (Released)

A voter from the village of Moraqhja, proudly displays his finger, showing that he has voted in the first parlamentary elections in Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2005. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Ken Denny) (Released)

U.S. Army LT. COL. Timothy McGuire, from 1ST Battalion, 508th Infantry, and his interpreter, right, speak with a recent Afghan National Army graduate, left, during a visit in Seghana, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2005. The visit in Seghana is conducted as a part of security patrol on the day of parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. (U.S Army photo by PFC. Michael Zuk) (Released)

Voters in the Habdullma Lek Village vote during Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections and during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

An Afghan citizen dips his finger in ink. The ink stained finger shows he has voted in the country's first parliamentary elections, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

U.S. Army Command SGT. MAJ. Jeffery Hof, 1ST Battalion, 508th Infantry, and his interpreter, center, attend a meeting with governor of Paktika province, Gulab Mangal, right, in Sharan, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2005. The meeting is taking place at the governor's compound in Sharan, and the topic of discussion is the ongoing parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. (U.S Army photo by PFC. Michael Zuk) (Released)

An Afghan citizen blows the ink dry on his finger. The ink stained finger shows he has voted in the countries first parliamentary elections, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

An Afghanistan citizen is searched before going into the polling area in the Parwan Province to vote in the country's first parliamentary elections, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A sign outside of a polling station in Moraqkhja, Afghanistan prohibits weapons in the polling area during the Afghan parlamentary elections, Sept. 18, 2005. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Ken Denny) (Released)

US Army (USA) Military Police (MP) from the 164th MP Company, Fort Richardson, Alaska (AK), set up a listening and observation post while on patrol during the Afghan Parliamentary Elections, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. An M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) is in the background

An Afghan citizen places his ballot in the ballot box after voting in the countries first parliamentary elections, Sept 18, 2005. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jason R. Krawczyk) (Released)

Afghans wait in line at a polling station in the Parwan Province to vote in the country's first parliamentary elections, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

An Afghan citizen shows off his ink marked finger after voting in the countries first parliamentary elections, Sept 18, 2005. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jason R. Krawczyk) (Released)

Voters in the Habdullma Lek Village vote during Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections and during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Voters in the Habdullma Lek Village hold signs while waiting in line to vote during Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections and during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

An Afghan citizen places his ballot in a box after he voted in the countries first parliamentary elections, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Voters in the Habdullma Lek Village hold signs while waiting in line to vote during Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections and during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

An Afghan citizen is instructed were to place his ballot after voting in the countries first parliamentary elections, Sept 18, 2005. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jason R. Krawczyk) (Released)

Italian Army LT.Gen Mauro Del Vecchio (center) pays close attention to the opening remarks of LT.Gen Eikenberry during a NATO convention at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2005. The purpose of the convention is to review the historic National Assembly Elections, the role ISAF (International Security Asisitance Forces) play in helping to bring about success and receive briefings on exceptional funding to support Deployed Operating Bases. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

A view of the some of the participants during a NATO convention at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2005. The purpose of the convention is to review the historic National Assembly Elections, the role ISAF (International Security Asisitance Forces) play in helping to bring about success and receive briefings on exceptional funding to support Deployed Operating Bases. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

A view of the participants of the NATO convention at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2005. The purpose of the convention is to review the historic National Assembly Elections, the role ISAF (International Security Asisitance Forces) play in helping to bring about success and receive briefings on exceptional funding to support Deployed Operating Bases. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

Nic Robertson from CNN interviews Marine Gen. James Jones (Supreme Allies Commander of Europe) SACEUR during a visit to Kandahar Airfield during a NATO convention in Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2005. The purpose of the convention is to review the historic National Assembly Elections, the role ISAF (International Security Asisitance Forces) play in helping to bring about success and receive briefings on exceptional funding to support Deployed Operating Bases. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

A view of the different ambassadors participating in a NATO convention at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2005. The purpose of the convention is to review the historic National Assembly Elections, the role ISAF (International Security Asisitance Forces) play in helping to bring about success and receive briefings on exceptional funding to support Deployed Operating Bases. (U.S. Army PHOTO by PFC. Leslie Angulo) (Released)

US Army (USA) Lieutenant General (LGEN) Karl Eikenberry, Commanding General (CG), Combined Forces Command Afghanistan (CFC-A), addresses NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) member country ambassadors about the National Afghanistan Assembly elections and the role that the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) played in bringing about success in Afghanistan at the NATO Conference held in Kabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan (AFG), during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

MAJ. GEN. David Rodriguez, Commander of Multi National Brigade- Northwest (Task Force Freedom) checks out some polling sites to make sure they are ready for the up coming elections in Mosul, Iraq on Oct. 11, 2005. Multi National Brigade- Northwest is in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.(U.S. Army photo By SPC. Jory C. Randall) (Released)

MAJ. GEN. David Rodriguez, Commander of Multi National Brigade- Northwest (Task Force Freedom) greets some young kids while checking out some polling sites to make sure they are ready for the up coming elections in Mosul, Iraq on Oct. 11, 2005. Multi National Brigade- Northwest is in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.(U.S. Army photo By SPC. Jory C. Randall) (Released)

MAJ. GEN. David Rodriguez, Commander of Multi-National Brigade- Northwest (Task Force Freedom) shakes hands with a young boy, while checking out some polling sites to make sure they are ready for the upcoming elections in Mosul, Iraq on Oct. 11, 2005. Multi National Brigade- Northwest is in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.(U.S. Army photo By SPC. Jory C. Randall) (Released)

An Iraqi Soldier pulls security on top of a polling site for the upcoming Iraqi elections in Mosul Iraq, Oct. 11, 2005. The polling sites are set up all over Mosul and the rest of Iraq to make it easy for the Iraqi people to vote.(U.S. Army photo By SPC. Jory C. Randall) (Released)

A soldier armed with a Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), M249 Light Machine Gun, from A- Troop, 4-14 Cavalry, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) patrols a dangerous neighborhood. The soldier keeps a sharp watch down a road the day before Iraqs elections. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jeffery Sandstrum) (Released)

A Troop 4-14 Cavalry, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) patrol a dangerous neighborhood. Soldiers from 4-14 Cav keep a sharp watch down a road the day before Iraqs elections. The soldier's are armed with M4 weapons. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jeffery Sandstrum) (Released)

SGT. 1ST Class Strickland, the platoon leader, leads the way as his fellow comrades from A Troop, 4th Battalion, 14th Cavalry, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) patrol a dangerous neighborhood during the Iraqi elections. The soldiers wearing full body gear are armed with M4 carbine weapons. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jeffery Sandstrum) (Released)

An armed, Iraqi policeman guards the entrance point to where the elections will be held. In the background, locals talk with soldiers patroling the area. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jeffery Sandstrum) (Released)

A soldier armed with an M4 carbine weapon, from A Troop, 4th Battalion, 14th Cavalry, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), keeps a sharp watch down an empty road the day before Iraqi elections. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jeffery Sandstrum) (Released)

US Army (USA) Sergeant (SGT) Chris Carpenter, 2nd Battalion (BN), 1ST Infantry Regiment (INF REGT), 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), Fort Wainwright, Alaska (AK), provides security while US and Iraqi forces discuss preparations for the upcoming elections in Mosul, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

CAPT. Aaron Berreda (left) from the 1ST Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, FOB Brassefield-Mora with Abdul Khalig Naji Jasim (Center), a representative of the Samarra Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, through an Iraqi translator (right) discuss plans for the upcoming Dec. 9, 2005 elections in Samarra, Iraq. The discussions were held at the Joint Coordination Center, Samarra, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Alfred Johnson) (Released)

Iraqi Army Soldiers, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, wait to provide security for a convoy moving voting material from Tikrit to Bayji, Iraq, for the upcoming December 15, 2005, parliamentary elections. Iraqis will elect their first permanent parliamentary government

Iraqi soldiers from 10th Platoon, 3rd Company, 2nd Battalion, Samarra, Iraq conduct drills getting off a UH-60 Blackhawk and pull security before practicing on a real helicopter, Dec. 11, 2005. The drills are part of overall training to learn techniques that will be used in Operation Island Hopping. The operation is to counter insurgency prior to the Dec. 15, 2005 Iraqi National Elections at the nearby islands located at the city of Samarra, Iraq. The islands are used by insurgents to launch mortar and rockets into the city. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Alfred Johnson) (Released)

Under heavy Iraqi and US security, three cargo trucks loaded with elections ballots for the Dec. 15, 2005 Iraqi National elections arrive to the Mayor's Cell Government Zone, Samarra, Iraq, Dec. 12, 2005. The cargo trucks, as part of a convoy, came from the Salah Aldeen Warehouse, Tikrit Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Alfred Johnson) (Released)

In back of an Iraqi cargo truck are boxes of election ballots to be used at election sites in and around the city of Samarra, Iraq for the Dec. 15, 2005 Iraqi National Elections. Three cargo trucks were loaded at Salah Aldeen Warehouse in Tikrit, Iraq, Dec. 12, 2005, and moved under heavy Iraqi and US security to the Mayor's Cell Government Zone, Samarra, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Alfred Johnson) (Released)

Three cargo trucks loaded with elections ballots for the Dec. 15, 2005 Iraqi National elections arrive to the Mayor's Cell Government Zone, Samarra, Iraq, Dec. 12, 2005. The trucks were under heavy Iraqi and US security during movement from the Salah Aldeen Warehouse, Tikrit, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Alfred Johnson) (Released)

Iraqi soldiers from 3rd Company, 3rd Battalion, 1ST Brigade, Samarra, Iraq unload their equipment to prepare to stand guard at the Al Khulufia election polling site in the western outer limits of Samarra, Iraq. The Iraqi soldiers will guard the election polling site during the Dec. 15, 2005 Iraqi National Elections. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Alfred Johnson) (Released)

An Iraqi truck arrives at the Al Khulufia election polling site in the western outer limits of Samarra, Iraq with soldiers from 3rd Company, 3rd Battalion, 1ST Brigade, Samarra, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2005. The Iraqi soldiers will guard the election polling site during the Dec. 15, 2005 Iraqi National Elections. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. Alfred Johnson) (Released)

Iraqi Police men provide security outside a polling site in Sadr City, Iraq during the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years.(U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

Iraqi citizens stand in line waiting to vote on the morning of their elections. Mosul in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. James H. Christopher III) (Released)

Iraqi voters go through a security check before being allowed to vote on the morning of their elections. Mosul in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. James H. Christopher III) (Released)

U.S. Army COL. Joseph Disalvo, the Commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division play with Iraqi children while providing security outside a polling site in the Zafaraniyah District Baghdad, Iraq during the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

Iraqi woman submits her vote into the voting box, on Dec. 15, 2005, downtown Baghdad. The elections are the first free elections ever conducted for the perment parlimentary government in Iraq. (Released) (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II)

Iraqi woman submits her vote into the voting box, on Dec. 15, 2005, downtown Baghdad. The elections are the first free elections ever conducted for the perment parlimentary government in Iraq. (Released) (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II)

Iraqi man submits his vote into the voting box, on Dec. 15, 2005, downtown Baghdad. The elections are the first free elections ever conducted for the perment parlimentary government in Iraq. (Released) (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II)

Iraqi citizens stand in line waiting to vote on the morning of their elections. Mosul in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. James H. Christopher III) (Released)

An Iraqi senior citizen walks toward a polling site to vote for the permanent parliamentary elections in the Zafaraniyah district Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

Miss. Elizabeth Vargas a reporter for ABC news interview MAJ. GEN. William Webster and COL. Joseph Disalvo from the 3rd Infantry Division, during her short visit to Baghdad, Iraq. The Commanders were interviewed about the role of the military during the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections on Dec. 15, 2005.(U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

Iraqi man submits his vote into the voting box, on Dec. 15, 2005, downtown Baghdad. The elections are the first free elections ever conducted for the perment parlimentary government in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

U.S. Army MAJ. GEN. William Webster, the 3rd Infantry Division Commander shake hands with an Iraqi police officer during the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections in Zafaraniyah, Iraq on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

Iraqi family heads towards the voting station to vote during the elections, on Dec. 15, 2005, downtown Baghdad. The elections are the first free elections ever conducted for the perment parlimentary government in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, and U.S. Marine Corps GEN. Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF, listen as U.S. Army George W. Casey, Jr., Commander, Multinational Force-Iraq, describes the success of the Iraqi elections via satellite feed at a Town Hall Meeting at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2005. (DoD photo by PETTY Officer 1ST Class Chad J. McNeeley) (Released)

An Iraqi soldier provides security outside a polling site in East Baghdad during the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years.(U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division play soccer with Iraqi children during a short break outside a polling site in Sadr City, Baghdad on Dec. 15, 2005. The Soldiers were providing security for the Iraqi permanent parliamentary government elections as well as guarding VIP members of the military. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

Iraqi police are mobilized to polling sites in Iraq's first official democratic elections Dec. 15, 2005. The Iraqi Police as well as the Iraqi Army were scheduled to vote earlier than the rest of the populace in order to provide added security during Iraq's general elections.(U.S. Army photo by PVT. Ronald R. Gaete) (Released)

Iraqi police are mobilized to polling sites in Iraq's first official democratic elections Dec. 15, 2005. The Iraqi Police as well as the Iraqi Army were scheduled to vote earlier than the rest of the populace in order to provide added security during Iraq's general elections.(U.S. Army photo by PVT. Ronald R. Gaete) (Released)

Iraqi man dips his finger into the ink to mark his ballet for the elections, on Dec. 15, 2005, downtown Baghdad. The elections are the first free elections ever conducted for the perment parlimentary government in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

Iraqi citizens stand in line on the morning of their elections. Mosul in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. James H. Christopher III) (Released)

A US Army (USA) Soldier, Task Force Band of Brothers (101 Airborne Division), provides outer cordon security during Parliamentary elections in Kirkuk, At Ta 'Mim Province, Iraq (IRQ), during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

A group of Iraqi women are escorted to a polling site by Iraqi police who were mobilized to polling sites in Iraq's first official democratic elections Dec. 15, 2005 in Taji, Iraq.The Iraqi Police as well as the Iraqi Army were scheduled to vote earlier than the rest of the populace in order to provide added security during Iraq's general elections.(U.S. Army photo by PVT. Ronald R. Gaete) (Released)

Iraqi police are mobilized to polling sites in Iraq's first official democratic elections Dec. 15, 2005. The Iraqi Police as well as the Iraqi Army were scheduled to vote earlier than the rest of the populace in order to provide added security during Iraq's general elections.(U.S. Army photo by PVT. Ronald R. Gaete) (Released)

Iraqi man recieves his ballet to vote for the elections, on Dec. 15, 2005, downtown Baghdad. The elections are the first free elections ever conducted for the perment parlimentary government in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

Iraqi man with his family recieves his ballet to vote for the elections, on Dec. 15, 2005, downtown Baghdad. The elections are the first free elections ever conducted for the perment parlimentary government in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

Locals came out to various polling sites throughout the country, this one in Saba Al Bor, for the first official democratic elections held in Iraq on Dec. 15, 2005. Soldiers of the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police Force, who voted early on 12 December 2005, provided the security for this historic event. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Charles W. Gill) (Released)

Iraqi man submits his vote into the voting box, on Dec. 15, 2005, downtown Baghdad. The elections are the first free elections ever conducted for the perment parlimentary government in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

An Iraqi soldier provides security outside a polling site in East Baghdad during the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years.(U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

An Iraqi Soldier from the 6th Iraqi Army Division stand at attention during a formation, after providing security for the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years.(U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

Iraqi soldiers provide security outside a polling site in East Baghdad during the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years.(U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

An Iraqi soldier holds Iraq's flag high in sign of patriotism, after providing security for the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years.(U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

Iraqi man recieves his ballet to vote for the elections, on Dec. 15, 2005, downtown Baghdad. The elections are the first free elections ever conducted for the perment parlimentary government in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by PFC. William Servinski II) (Released)

U.S. Army SGT. Carlos Valladares from HHC, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division provides security outside a polling site in the Zafaraniyah district in Baghdad, Iraq during the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

An Iraqi senior citizen shows his index finger after voting for the Iraqi parliamentary government elections in East Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years.(U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)

Iraqi citizens stand in line on the morning of their elections. Mosul in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by STAFF SGT. James H. Christopher III) (Released)

Iraqi women walk toward a polling site during the Iraqi permanent parliamentary elections in the Zafaraniyah district in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 15, 2005. These elections will set the path to a future democracy in Iraq for the next four years.(U.S. Army photo by SPC. Teddy Wade) (Released)