Iraq issues arrest warrant for ex-Mosul governor over ties to Turkey

Former Mosul governor Al-Nujaifi

BAGHDAD (KDN) – The Iraqi Judiciary Council said on Oct. 20 that a complaint against al-Nujaifi was submitted by three lawmakers from Ninevah province in late 2015, shortly after the Turkish troops were deployed to a base in Bashiqa. It said the investigation concluded on Oct. 18, when two eyewitnesses from inside the camp testified at court and arrest warrant issued for him.

Al-Nujaifi is accused of preparing ground for ISIS’s takeover of Mosul and siding with Turkey.

The presence of Turkish troops in Iraq has increased tension between the two neighbors. Baghdad says the troops are there without permission and has called on them to withdraw. Ankara has refused, and insists it will play a role in the ongoing military operation to recapture Mosul from jihadists.

However, US-led coalition excluded Turkey from ongoing operation.