Tuesday, December 20, 2011

That Didn't Take Long: Iraq's al-Maliki Orders Arrest of Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi, Stations Tanks Outside Home of Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak

 From the AP:

Iraq VP denies charges of running death squads
Iraq's Sunni vice president denied Shiite accusations that he organized death squads, describing the charges Tuesday as a trumped-up case brought only after the departure of U.S. troops about assassinations allegedly committed five years ago....MORE
From the Guardian:

Iraq's sectarian divide threatens to split country as anger at Maliki grows
With US troops now gone, tensions between Sunnis and Shias are at boiling point – and fuelling support for Syrian insurgents...MORE