Iraq: Foreign guards help ex-minister escape cops

Private guards in sport utility vehicles helped Iraq's former electricity minister escape from a police station just outside the heavily fortified Green Zone where the dual US-Iraqi citizen was being held on corruption charges, officials said. Ayham al-Samaraie, who had escaped once before after being convicted in October, walked out of the detention facility Sunday with private security experts who once protected him, Faris Kareem, deputy head of Iraq's Public Integrity Commission, said Monday. Kareem said the security agents were "foreign," but provided no further details.