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Shi'ite Official and Baathist Assassinated in Iraq

An official of Iraq’s largest Shi’ite Muslim political movement was killed in Baghdad by gunmen loyal to ousted Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein, the group said Thursday. A representative of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) said Muhannad al-Hakim was shot dead near his home in Baghdad’s Amil district Wednesday, following death threats from Saddam backers. “He had received threats that he would be liquidated, murdered, by the men of the regime,” the official said. “They are behind this crime.” The SCIRI official added that in a separate incident an angry crowd in the southern city of Najaf had attacked and murdered an Ali al-Zalimi, an official of Saddam’s Baath party who had played a role in crushing an uprising by Iraqi Shi’ites following the 1991 Gulf War. Full Story

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