Qatar won’t hand over Hashimi

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 […]

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.