Iraq crisis looms with arrest order

Iraq's political crisis took an ominous turn Monday with the issue of an arrest warrant against Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, a leading Sunni Arab figure, for his alleged role in ordering and funding the assassinations of rival Shiite bureaucrats. A judicial panel, which Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's rivals said was under his sway, ordered the […]

Sam Dagher reports for The Wall Street Journal:

Iraq's political crisis took an ominous turn Monday with the issue of an arrest warrant against Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, a leading Sunni Arab figure, for his alleged role in ordering and funding the assassinations of rival Shiite bureaucrats.

A judicial panel, which Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's rivals said was under his sway, ordered the arrest of Mr. Hashemi, a day after the last convoy of U.S. soldiers left Iraq.