Despite initially promoting Sadeq al-Sadr, the Baathists
in 1999 assassinated the cleric after he had amassed a powerful following and began to criticize the regime.
Former Iraqi Baathists
are playing a leading role in ISIL, especially as leaders of its shadowy military and security committees.
Sectarian divisions existed in Syria long before the Baathists
came to power.
THI-QAR / Aswat al-Iraq: Security authorities in Baghdad released 39 former Baathists
, who were accused of attempting to make a coup, raising several questions about the reason behind their arrest and the seriousness of their plan.
with Prosecution if they Fail to Renounce the Party in Writing
Arrests on this scale are likely to alarm Sunni Arabs, who consider use of the term "Baathists
" by Iraq's Shiite-dominated government to be a coded way to refer to Sunni politicians, army officers, and other prominent members of their community.
the recent apprehension of hundreds of baathists
, warning against those who
Government officials have long expressed concern that Baathists
would try to retake power when US troops depart.
Baghdad (NINA) -- Head of the White Iraqiya Slate, Hassan Al Alawi, said objecting the return of teachers who were considered as baathists
to their jobs is a shameful stance backed by vengeance desire, Alawi told NINA.
"The people of Iraq will never witness Baathists
' return to the political scene of Iraq.
Many feel the candidate ban and vows by Shi ite parties including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki s Dawa to purge the civil service of Baathists
is sweet revenge for Saddam s brutal rule and oppression of the Shi ite majority and minority Kurds.
Mutlaq is a fierce critic of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is leading the purge of Baathists
whom he accuses of working with Al-Qaeda insurgents to threaten Iraq's security and government.