U.S. Soldiers Monitor Election From War Zone

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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As Americans went to the polls to elect a new president, US soldiers based in Afghanistan are keeping tabs on the election.

U.S. soldiers in Mosul, Iraq, where war still rages, seemed to be in more of a mood for sports than politics at breakfast this morning.

Three of four TV screens at the dining hall at Camp Marez in the northern Iraqi city were tuned to sports and only one to CNN, where Sen. Barack Obama's last rally at Manassas, Va., was being shown live.

Still, the presidential vote could decide the future of the mission in Iraq.

Soldiers who voted mailed in their absentee ballots long ago.

Sgt. James Fowler of Fresno, Calif., says he voted for Obama but is "outnumbered 10-to-one."

Obama has called for bringing all combat soldiers home within 16 months. John McCain says the current U.S. strategy is working and has promised to pursue the war until victory.

Many Iraqis say they don't think much will change no matter who wins the White House.


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