Baghdad and Washington are vowing that violence in Iraq will not deter them from their post-election strategies.
Ahead of a national vote on Sunday, at least 12 people were killed and dozens injured in attacks yesterday. The casualties included security forces turning up for early voting.
Militants are vowing to disrupt the parliamentary election, the country’s second since the 2003 US-led invasion.
Earlier this week the Pentagon said only what it called an “extraordinarily dire” worsening of security would warrant a slowdown in plans to withdraw American troops.
The remaining 96,000 soldiers are due to end combat operations in August and completely pull out by the end of next year.
The outcome of this ballot is seen as critical for President Obama’s overall Iraq strategy.
Yesterday’s attacks came despite a massive boost in security.