Pfc. Toby Barnes, a medic attached to the 2nd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division, sits in the back of an armored vehicle while returning to base after a mission to scope out Iraqi polling sites on January 25, 2009 in Babil Province, Iraq. Though violence has eased in the formerly war-torn Babil province, soldiers continue to diligently patrol, fearing a dismantling of the fragile peace and fault line between area Sunni and Shia Muslim communities. Leaders wait anxiously and hope for violence to not erupt, as the country prepares with help from the US military in assisting Iraqi forces in providing security for their upcoming provincial elections. The Iraqis will vote to choose over 400 seats for members of ruling councils in 14 of the 18 provinces on January 31, 2009 in Iraq. By Chris Hondros/Getty Images.