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Iraq Issues Travel Ban for Kirkuk Governor Sent to Replace Kurdish Leaders

Iraq Issues Travel Ban for Kirkuk Governor Sent to Replace Kurdish Leaders

Iraq announced a travel ban on the governor of Kirkuk, Rakan al-Jabouri — appointed to restore Baghdad-led leadership and expel Kurdish leadership in the aftermath of the 2017 Kurdish independence referendum — on Tuesday amid charges of criminally misappropriating public funds.

The Iraqi Board of Integrity, which oversees ethics complaints against public officials, announced on Tuesday that al-Jabouri could not legally leave Iraq.

Al-Jabouri is among 23 others working in the Kirkuk government banned from leaving the country and facing criminal charges.

Outgoing Peshmerga forces testified to witnessing Shiite PMF fighters assault and kill U.S.-allied Peshmerga soldiers.

Some reports claimed that the head of the Quds Force at the time, Major General Qasem Soleimani, was in Iraq at the time to coordinate PMF attacks.

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