BAGHDAD (AP) - Military officials say a search for possible car bombs has parts of the Iraqi capital locked down as security forces search Baghdad neighborhoods.
While there are hundreds of checkpoints throughout Baghdad, such large-scale lockdowns and searches of neighborhoods have become rare since the height of the insurgency in 2006 and 2007.
The security operation comes as Iraq is preparing for crucial nationwide parliamentary elections in March. Officials have warned that insurgents seeking to disrupt the vote could try to launch attacks.
A defense official who requested anonymity says authorities had received intelligence that car bombs had possibly been brought into the city.
People in various neighborhoods across the city said no cars were allowed on the normally traffic-clogged streets in their areas, while in others, life continued as normal.