Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

Casey Dawson
October 20, 2017

"Otherwise, these agreements and contracts are illegal and non-binding to the Iraqi state and give the government and the ministry the right to take legal action in domestic and worldwide courts to protect Iraq's national wealth", it added.

Iraq, Iran and Turkey blocked Erbil's air traffic and banking communications and on Tuesday Iraqi forces retook major fields back from the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, thus effectively halving oil production under direct control of Erbil.

Rasul was in Kirkuk when the Iraqi forces attacked the oil-rich city on Monday.

The judiciary in the Iraqi capital last week also ordered the arrest of three senior Kurdish officials responsible for organising a September 25 independence referendum in defiance of Baghdad.

The independence of Kurdistan is opposed not only by the Iraqi central government, but also by most other countries as it would threaten the integrity of Iraq and undermine the fight against IS militants.

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In the end, the result is "not a structure that supports the future growth of these countries", the top USA diplomat said. China, he said, uses funding mechanisms with countries that "result in saddling them with enormous levels of debt".

A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of "provocation" against Iraq's armed forces, the judiciary said.

The Kirkuk office of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) was torched Thursday morning by unknown assailants, according to an Iraqi security source.

The news comes just weeks after a Kurdish referendum on independence in which Kurds backed secession.

Abadi had asked that the KRG cancel the outcome of the referendum as a precondition for negotiations to begin.

The official accused the Kurdish authorities previously in control of Kirkuk of removing equipment at the Bai Hasan and Avana oil fields, northwest of the city.

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