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Bashir gets boost from Iran, Hamas

March 07, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Senior leaders of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah offered international support to Sudan's president after he was charged with war crimes in Darfur. For a third straight day, President Omar Hassan Ahmed 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.

After the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Bashir, Sudan's government responded by expelling 13 of the largest aid organizations in the troubled Darfur region.

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