World Bulletin/News Desk
The Baghdad Operations Command on Sunday said a ban on vehicles would be imposed in the Iraqi capital, starting of Tuesday evening, in an effort to avoid car bombings during the elections day on Wednesday.
"Baghdad's entrances and exits will be closed down during the ban," command spokesman Col. Saad Maan said in a statement.
The Baghdad Operations Command is responsible for maintaining order and security in the capital. It was established in 2007 upon a decision by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Maan said the date for lifting the ban has not been decided yet, noting that this date will be decided in the light of the assessment of security agencies in the capital.
Around 20 million Iraqis are expected to go to polling stations across their country on Wednesday to select 328 members for the country's parliament.
The elections are being held amid several security challenges across Iraq.
On Friday, a car bombing attack that targeted an electoral rally in eastern Baghdad left 28 people dead and 50 others injured.
Recent months have seen an uptick in violence across Iraq. Although most attacks go unclaimed, Iraqi authorities usually point the finger at Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
Saudi Arabia has been re-elected to the UNHRC with Russia being voted out
Federica Mogherini will push the diplomatic agenda with senior level talks regarding the Syrian war
The FBI has learned of more emails involving Hillary Clinton’s private email server with the investigation to be reopened
Peshmerga need additional weapons supplies in battle for Mosul, says Iraqi Kurdish regional govt leader
Although most Icelanders are sceptical about their country's future within the EU, they seek a closure on the matter by supporting a referendum.
Blair, who was prime minister from 1997 to 2007, called Brexit as "catastrophe", and revealed that he had recently held talks with Francois Hollande that had highlighted the challenges Britain faces in upcoming negotiations to set the terms of the break-up.
The populist Law and Justice (PiS) government pushed through controversial changes to Poland's constitutional court's decision-making rules soon after sweeping to power a year ago.
High Court in Belfast rejects Brexit legal challenges, saying lawmakers do not need to approve Article 50 before leaving EU
Ahead of Sunday's referendum on a new and contested draft constitution in Ivory Coast, here are some key dates since a deadly post-electoral crisis there in 2010
Suspect allegedly stabs police officer outside embassy before he gets gunned down
The Oct. 30 ballot is the first time Moldovans will elect a president by popular vote in 20 years
Police in North Dakota have made 117 arrests and have also used pepper spray on activists, who have been refusing to back down over the disputed oil pipeline
Operations command claims hundreds of extremists killed since start of offensive to retake Mosul on Oct. 17
Senior Bosnian and Iranian officials have said that they will fight terrorism while also vowing to boost trade between the two countries.
Hainan Airlines has wiped of Israel off their maps, marking the region as Palestinian Territories
A hostage dispute has been postponed until ELN release hostages