Election day for the people of Iraq has come and gone. As far as we could tell, things went well in Western Mosul. A couple of small (i.e., ineffective) IEDs went off and there was a wazoo who's-shooting-at-who gunfight, but the city was for the most part calm and quiet. The Iraqi people patiently endured the lines and the (often multiple) searches to get into the polling stations. A lot of people brought their kids with them to the polls, so that they could see how democracy works. The IHEC (Iraqi High Elections Committee that administered the polling stations) allowed the kids to also dip their fingers into the now-famous purple ink, which was pretty cool.
The Mungadai are smoked. The last week we've been working days with the Knights and Coalition to ensure polling stations in our area were secured--moving concrete barriers, hauling concertina wire, moving the barriers again when someone didn't like their feng shui, clearing buildings and (especially) garages near the polling sites, etc. Our nights were spent with the Knight's Raid Company to disrupt known and suspected terrorists/insurgents/criminals to keep them too busy to concoct any attacks during the polling.
We've got some pretty good pictures we'll post later. Right now, we're all going to bed for about 147 hours.