Monday, May 05, 2003

Hakim/Badr forces enter Iraq from Iran
'Thousands of Iranian-backed Iraqi Shia forces have crossed into Iraq from Iran after about 20 years of exile... The Badr brigade, estimated to number between 12,000 and 15,000 in Iran, is the armed wing of the main Shia opposition group, the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri), under the command of Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim... Ayatollah al-Hakim is expected to leave for Najaf, after 23 years of exile, on Wednesday or Thursday.'

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