Iraqi VP handed 3rd death sentence

Updated 05 November 2012
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Iraqi VP handed 3rd death sentence

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court handed the country’s fugitive Sunni vice-president a new death sentence yesterday after finding him guilty of ordering his bodyguards to attack Shiites, the latest verdict in a trial that has fueled resentment among Sunni minority.
It was the third case in which Tariq Al-Hashemi was sentenced to death since last spring. All verdicts have been delivered in absentia, since Al-Hashemi is in exile in Turkey after fleeing in December 2011.
The court also sentenced his son-in-law, Ahmed Qahtan, to death on similar charges: Planning to attack pilgrims by a car bomb last December in southeastern Baghdad.
Security forces reportedly foiled the attack and seized the car. All the five bodyguards who testified said they got their orders from Qahtan, who allegedly told them that he was passing Al-Hashemi’s orders.


Syria Kurds announce capture of prominent French extremist

Updated 24 May 2018
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Syria Kurds announce capture of prominent French extremist

Qamishli, NORTHERN SYRIA: Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Thursday announced the capture of French militants Adrien Guihal, known as the voice that claimed 2016 attacks in France for Daesh group.
“The SDF’s intelligence services conducted an operation on May 19 that led to the capture of a group of extremists led by Adrien Guihal, known as Abu Osama Al-Faransi,” the Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement.
Guihal was thought to be among the most dangerous members of the large French contingent in the ranks of Daesh, whose controlled huge swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria before collapsing last year.
The Kurdish forces controlling northeastern Syria have detained dozens of French Daesh members who have gone underground in recent months, including well-known figures such as Thomas Barnouin and Emilie Konig.
The SDF statement said Guihal was detained together with his wife, who was not identified.