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According to an article by Jeffrey Fleishman and Azadeh Moaveni, published in the Los Angeles Times
and partially translated in French by Courrier International (#645, 13 March 2003), the Badr Brigade
is a militia composed of Iraqi Shi'ites. The Brigade is currently located in the valley of the river
Sirwan, in Iraqi Kurdistan. There are about 10,000 fighters, supported by Iran and supposed to protect
the area against the Turks. The brigade is the militia of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution
in Iraq, an organization founded in 1982 by Mohammed Bakr Hakim, an Iraqi Shi'ite exiled in Teheran. Iran
hopes that the Brigade would help eradication of the Mujaheddin-e-Khalq, a radical
group supported by Baghdad and opposed to Iran, although the main goal of the Brigade is to get rid of Saddam Hussein.
The article says that "[The men] are prepared to fight behind red and white flags proclaiming
"There is no God but Allah". The French translation seems to indicate that each flag is red and
white, but unfortunately nothing is said on the specific flag design.
Ivan Sache, 18 March 2003
The flag of the Badr Corps is red with a yellow Arabic inscription and above it a shahada (the Muslim creed),
all a bit stylized.
Jaume Ollé, 23 October 2003