Arrest warrant issued for Iraq's vice president
December 19th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

Arrest warrant issued for Iraq's vice president

[Updated at 12:35 p.m. ET] Iraq's Judicial Committee issued an arrest warrant Monday for Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, who is accused of orchestrating bombing attacks.

The warrant was issued under "Article 4," which is terrorism.

The Interior Ministry, at a news conference, showed what it called confession videos from people identified as security guards for al-Hashimi. In the videos, the men described various occasions in which they purportedly carried out attacks under direct orders from al-Hashimi.

One man said he carried out assassination attempts using roadside bombs and guns with silencers. He said the orders came from the vice president and at times through the director of his office.

CNN could not immediately confirm that the men in the videos were bodyguards for al-Hashimi.

Three of the vice president's security guards were detained earlier this month.

Al-Hashimi's office did not answer calls from CNN Monday.

Over the past few days, the office told CNN it feared that al-Hashimi's three guards would be forced to make false confessions.

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  1. banasy©

    I'm shocked and appalled by this turn of events.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |

    He is truly vicious. Is he one of Saddam's people?

    December 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat ( in a hat )

    I'm appalled and shocked by this turn of events.
    Just can't trust anyone anymore.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    The Iraqi Inquisition begins!

    December 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    "The warrant was issued under “Article 4,” which is terrorism."

    Whoda thunk?

    December 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steve

    What a sad day to think that the Iraq war, thousands of American Lives, trillions of US taxpayer dollars that could have been used to help America ended in complete failure. Though many expected this result.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I bet as a couldn't take him anywhere.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. accurateasalways

    WOW... the U.S. N.S.A. missed again- too busy shopping for new oil panties for the wife in Dubai...

    December 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 666

    While they are at it… how about issuing arrest warrants for; Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and the hand puppet ‘W’…

    December 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    lmao @ jeff franks and 666, good come backs!!

    December 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      Toriq al-Hashimi – Why do you waste my time like this.
      Stay away from my al-Peek-a-poo, you philandering twip.

      December 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. accurateasalways

    No problems: Linsay Lohan is now saving the world .... no wrinkles: superior driving examples for the big real world.


    December 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©


    December 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sorensen

    Here we go! Total waste of 4500 lives, 30000 wounded and trillions of taxpayers money.
    Thanks to the great strategic thinking of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and the rest of the genius "civil servants".
    Trouble is, none of them think, they did anything wrong.
    Good Morning, America. GOP.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Galactic Cannibal

    Why don't they issue an arrest warrant for G.W. Bush, VP Cheney, and Runsfeld with Rice. These people are WAR mongering criminals who are responsible for mass deaths and trillions of dollars wasted on a WAR when they ordered the attack on IRAQ. Hey who am I kidding , I must be dreaming . This is the U.S. where our War criminals go free. Same with Vietnam, same with Afghanistan.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Trevor C

    I feel that time will show that Iraq has just changed one dictator for another. As there was no weapons of mass destruction anyway; what has the American invasion and nine year occupation achieved? The US cannot claim that they won the war in Iraq, because to win a war the other side has to either surrender, or to put the opposing side in a position where they were beyond the means to create any damage. Neither of these things has happened. All the so called war (Invasion? Occupation) has achieved was to lose valuable US and it's allies soldiers lives. In other words a complete failure.

    December 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
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