TITLE

Homecoming

AUTHOR(S)
Rubin, Elizabeth
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;3/31/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 12, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In March 2003, the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (sciri), headed by Ayatollah Al Bakr Hakim, composed of Iraqi Shia, and backed by Iran, decided to show its military prowess outside Darbandikhan in the mountains near Iran. Perhaps pumped up by the cameras, by Abdul Aziz's presence, by the nearness of war, martyrdom, and home, men rose up and recited prayers and vows scrawled on crumpled paper. He is Mohammad Ahmad Merad, a Kurd of the Jaff family tribe, and he tells me that he was a prisoner of war in an Iranian prison for the last 20 years.Last week, an agreement was made between Iraq and Iran, and he was transported from detention camp to detention camp and crossed the border with 349 other prisoners, passing on their way the Iranian prisoners going to their homes in the opposite direction.
ACCESSION #
9351253

 

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