Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Another Shi'ite leader now in the mix
"The return of Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim further complicates the Iraqi political scene, just as Washington prepares to form the nucleus of an interim domestic leadership next month.

The 63-year-old Hakim returned to Iraq over the weekend after more than two decades of exile in neighboring Iran. There he formed a movement advocating theocratic rule for Iraq and conducted a low-level, cross-border guerrilla war against the regime of Saddam Hussein. His movement, the Supreme Assembly for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SAIRI), was directly supported with funds by Tehran and with arms by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard....."

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