Tareq Aziz body not missing

Updated 12 June 2015
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Tareq Aziz body not missing

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi official says the body of Tareq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's former top aide who died last week in prison, is still at Baghdad International Airport under heavy security and due to be flown to Amman.
The official from the Iraqi Aviation Authority said Friday that the body was supposed to be flown a day earlier but some delay occurred due to lack of some official documents. He did not elaborate.
Aziz's daughter Zeinab said on Thursday that the body of her father went missing at the airport while en route to Jordan for burial.
The body will be flown on a Royal Jordanian flight later, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the media.
Aziz died last Friday in the city of Nasiriyah, where he was imprisoned awaiting execution. Iraqi forensics chief Zaid Ali Abbas says autopsy results Thursday confirmed that he died of a heart attack.
He was the highest-ranking Christian in Saddam's regime and was the international face of the Baath Party in Iraq. He was sentenced in October 2010 to hang for persecuting members of the Shiite religious parties that now dominate Iraq.
In recent months, a number of other former Saddam loyalists have been suspected of working with Daesh in what is viewed as a Sunni alliance of convenience against the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.


Jordan king says Israeli annexation would be a disaster

Updated 18 September 2019

Jordan king says Israeli annexation would be a disaster

  • Abdullah said “we’re looking on this with tremendous concern.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Tuesday that if Israel went ahead with the idea of annexing all the settlements in the West Bank it would be a “disaster” for attempts to find any two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Abdullah said he was “extremely concerned” about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex all the West Bank settlements.

He said it will “directly impact” the relationship between Israel and Jordan, and Israel and Egypt, and that “these types of statements are ... a disaster to any attempt to move forward to the two-state solution.”

Merkel agreed, calling Netanyahu’s vow “unhelpful.” The German government backs an internationally negotiated peace solution in the sense of a two state solution ... annexations are always detrimental to peace solutions. They do not help and therefore we do not agree, said Merkel

Abdullah said “we’re looking on this with tremendous concern.”

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Netanyahu’s career was on the line on Tuesday as Israel held its second national election this year, with voters deciding whether to give him another term in office despite a likely indictment on corruption charges.

The longest serving leader in Israeli history was seeking a fourth consecutive term in office and fifth overall. 

But he faced a stiff challenge from retired military chief Benny Gantz, whose centrist Blue and White party is running even with Netanyahu’s Likud. 

Both parties could struggle to form a majority coalition with smaller allies, though, forcing them into a potential unity government.