Latest update: 21/12/2011
Sectarian tensions ignited in Iraq
Sectarian tensions are mounting in Iraq just days after US troops withdrew from the country. Iraqi officials have issued an arrest warrant for the Sunni Vice President, Tareq Al-Hashemi, for "terrorism" charges relating to alleged links to assassinations of government officials, last month in Baghdad. The Sunni majority Iraqiya bloc is boycotting Parliament, citing Nouri Al-Maliki's authoritarian tendancies and reluctance to share power.