Archive for Saturday, March 7, 2009

Iran, militants support Sudanese leader

March 7, 2009

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— Senior leaders of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah offered international support Friday to Sudan’s president after he was charged with war crimes in Darfur, a sign that the bid to prosecute him could sharply radicalize his regime.

For a third straight day, President Omar al-Bashir’s supporters marched and vowed to defend him against what his government called a “colonial” conspiracy to overthrow him. Hundreds emerged from mosques after Friday prayers, chanting “jihad,” or holy war, and shouting, “With our souls and blood, we will sacrifice ourselves for you, al-Bashir.”

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