The Associated Press reports:
Qatar on Tuesday rejected Iraq’s request to hand over the nation’s fugitive Sunni vice president to face terror charges in Baghdad, a decision that will likely further strain ties between Shiite-led Iraq and Sunni Gulf Arab states.
On Monday, Iraq asked Qatar to extradite Tariq al-Hashemi, the top Sunni official in Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government. Iraqi authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in December, triggering a political crisis in Baghdad and deepening the country’s sectarian divide just days after the U.S. military withdrawal.
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