All Iraqi polls to be held on schedule despite violence

"The elections will not be postponed anywhere in Iraq, including in Anbar," spokesman Safaa al-Musawi told Anadolu Agency.

All Iraqi polls to be held on schedule despite violence

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraq's Independent High Election Commission asserted on Sunday that parliamentary elections will be held on schedule countrywide, including in the western volatile Anbar province.

"The elections will not be postponed anywhere in Iraq, including in Anbar," spokesman Safaa al-Musawi told Anadolu Agency.

"The commission has finalized preparations for the elections everywhere in Iraq, including in Anbar," he added.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled for April 30.

The Iraqi army is pursuing a major military operation in the restive province.

The government says the aim of the operation is to flush out militants of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State for Iraq and Levant.

But Sunni tribes opposed to the Shiite-dominated government are infuriated by the civilian causalities of the onslaught.

2 Iraqi soldiers killed in new Fallujah clashes

Two Iraqi soldiers were killed on Sunday in clashes with tribal militants in the central city of Fallujah, according to a local source.

"The tribesmen destroyed an army post in northern Fallujah and killed two soldiers," Mohamed al-Bagari, the spokesman for the organizing committee of an anti-government protest camp in Fallujah, told Anadolu Agency.

Meanwhile, three civilians, including a woman, were injured in shelling of different areas of Fallujah.

"The victims have sustained varied injuries in the army's indiscriminate shelling," Fallujah General Hospital spokesman Wessam al-Esawi said.

Iraqi army officials were not immediately available to comment on both reports.

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