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Iraq: Vice President Seeks Popular Support To Fight Charges

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(RFE/RL) — Iraq’s Sunni Vice President, Tariq al-Hashimi, has called on “all honest people” to support him as he fights government charges that he was running death squads.

In a televised speech from the autonomous Kurdish region where he took refuge two months ago, Hashimi again dismissed the charges, calling them a political “fabrication” by Iraq’s Shi’ite-led authorities.

He said he will continue to defy an arrest warrant and remain in the Kurdish region whose leaders have so far declined to hand him over.

The warrant for Hashimi’s arrest deepened sectarian tensions between the country’s minority Sunnis and the majority Shia.

The warrant was issued on December 19, the day after the last remaining U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq.

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