Thursday, March 27, 2003

Iraqi Shiite Leader: Iraqis Will Resist U.S. Control by force
'TEHRAN, Iran - The leader of the biggest Iraqi opposition group said Tuesday that Iraqis would fight any U.S. domination after Saddam Hussein is toppled. "Coalition forces are welcome in Iraq as long as they help the Iraqi people get rid of Saddam's dictatorship, but Iraqis will resist if they seek to occupy or colonize our country," said Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, leader of the Tehran-based Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq. Such resistance, the Shiite leader told a news conference in Tehran, would include "the use of force and arms."'

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