Finance Ministry targeted in security force roundup

Sudden arrest warrants, "aggressive" troop presence in Green Zone centers on security team of Finance Minister Rafa al-Issawi.
Finance Ministry targeted in security force roundup
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (r) stands with then-Deputy Prime Minister Rafa al-Essawi outside a former palace of Saddam Hussein in the Green Zone in Baghdad on January 1, 2008. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces arrested guards of Iraqi Finance Minister Rafa al-Issawi Thursday afternoon, both at his Green Zone home and at Finance Ministry locations throughout the city.

"They arrested all the officers who are in charge of the minister's house in the Green Zone," said an official in Issawi's office. "All the guards and the security forces of the minister were also arrested."

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