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Iran helping religious militias in Iraq, British envoy warns

Britain’s most senior official in Baghdad warned yesterday that Iran was still giving “unwelcome” support to fundamentalist Shia groups in Iraq. John Sawers, the prime minister’s special envoy to Baghdad, accused Iran of backing religious militias vying for power in postwar Iraq. “We have seen signs of and attempts to exercise undue and unwelcome influence in support of fundamentalist groupings,” he said in an interview. He said Iran was still supporting the Badr corps, the armed unit of the powerful Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq. The party, and much of the Badr corps, spent most of Saddam Hussein’s reign in exile in Tehran. It has been ordered, like other political militias, to disarm. Full Story

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