FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi speaks during an interview with the Associated Press near Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq has executed nearly 100 people so far this year. The government says most of the executed had been convicted of terrorism as bombings and shootings persist in Iraq, albeit not at the levels at the height of its conflict years ago. However, international observers worry that the legal process is faulty and that some trials are politically motivated including this month's death sentence against Iraq's fugitive Sunni vice president, Al-Hashemi, a longtime foe of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who was convicted of running death squads. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi speaks during an interview with the Associated Press near Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq has executed nearly 100 people so far this year. The government says most of the executed had been convicted of terrorism as bombings and shootings persist in Iraq, albeit not at the levels at the height of its conflict years ago. However, international observers worry that the legal process is faulty and that some trials are politically motivated including this month's death sentence against Iraq's fugitive Sunni vice president, Al-Hashemi, a longtime foe of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who was convicted of running death squads. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)
FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi speaks during an interview with the Associated Press near Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq has executed nearly 100 people so far this year. The government says most of the executed had been convicted of terrorism as bombings and shootings persist in Iraq, albeit not at the levels at the height of its conflict years ago. However, international observers worry that the legal process is faulty and that some trials are politically motivated including this month's death sentence against Iraq's fugitive Sunni vice president, Al-Hashemi, a longtime foe of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who was convicted of running death squads. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)
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