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Badr Organization (Iraq)

منظمة بدر‎

Last modified: 2014-10-18 by zoltán horváth
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image by Zoltan Horvath, 20 June 2014

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The Badr Organization

"The Badr Organization (Arabic: منظمة بدر‎) previously known as the Badr Brigades or Badr Corps is an Iraqi political party. The Badr Brigade was the Iran-officered military wing of the Iran-based Shia Islamist party, Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), formed in 1982. Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq most of Badr's fighters have entered the new Iraqi army and police force. Politically, Badr Brigade and ISCI were considered to be one party since 2003, but have now unofficially separated with the Badr Organization now an Iraqi political party. Badr militiamen are still occasionally being reported by national media as active.
The organization was set up in Iran in 1982 as the military wing of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq. It was based in Iran for two decades during the rule of Saddam Hussein and led by Iranian officers. It consisted of several thousand Iraqi exiles, refugees, and defectors who fought alongside Iranian troops in the Iran-Iraq War. The group was armed and directed by Iran."
For additional information go to: Badr Organization (official website)
The flag is seen here.
Esteban Rivera, 17 June 2014

Flag of the Badr Corps

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

There's a variant flag, with the same pattern as the already one reported, but in white background, as seen here (the logo is a bit bigger in proportion to the flag).
Esteban Rivera, 30 September 2014