United States Refuses To Grant Iraq’s Kirkuk Governor Political Asylum, Say Reports

Douglas Suleiman, US ambassador to Baghdad declared on Saturday that United States rejected Kirkuk’s former fugitive Governor’s appeal for political asylum, adding that any decision regarding Mr. Karim’s future is only up to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

According to Iraqi news agencies, Najmiddin Karim, the former runaway Governor of Kirkuk who is a Kurd, has contacted US embassy in Baghdad several times, beseeching Washington to grant him political asylum after it becomes clear that he was betting on a losing horse as Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s aspirations to secede from Iraq went up in smoke after Iraqi Army swept through disputed city of Kirkuk and once again established Baghdad’s sovereignty over the oil-rich city.

Iraqi judicial system has issued an arrest warrant against Karim, accusing him of inciting unrest and ethnic violence while serving as Governor of Kirkuk.

Last week, Najmiddin Karim and Kosrat Rasul (acting secretary general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Party, PUK) began to arm Kirkuk’s Kurdish community in the wake of Baghdad’s ultimatum to Kurdish Peshmerga paramilitaries to retreat from Kirkuk and other disputed areas in northern Iraq.

The Iraqi supreme court has also issued an arrest warrant against Kosrat Rasul over his role in recent bloody clashes which broke out between Iraqi Federal Forces and Peshmerga fighters.

HT IUVMONLINE

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