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Re: Iran in Iraq



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Re-reading that NYTimes dispatch that Michael referred to a few days ago, the following caught my attention (italics mine):

The two raids, in central Baghdad, have deeply upset Iraqi government officials, who have been making strenuous efforts to engage Iran on matters of security…. It was particularly awkward for the Iraqis that one of the raids took place in the Baghdad compound of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, one of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite leaders, who traveled to Washington three weeks ago to meet President Bush….  A spokesman for Mr. Hakim, who heads a Shiite political party called Sciri, which began as an exile group in Iran that opposed Saddam Hussein, declined to comment.

ME:  Hakim’s party is not “called Sciri.”  It is, instead, often referred to by the acronym SCIRI.  It is actually called the “Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.”  It is an Islamic fundamentalist party which subscribes (like Hezbollah subscribes) to the Iranian model of Ayatollah Khoemeini that government should be controlled by Islamic clerics.  Why would the Times not tell its readers that?



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