Iraq has accused former Baathist
leaders of being behind the attacks, and has said that the Syrian government is protecting these Baathists
Maliki claimed Iraq gave Turkey, which is mediating the rift between Iraq and Syria, information about a meeting "in July between Baathists
and takfiris in the presence of Syrian intelligence.
Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim indicates the injustice and persecution practiced by the Baathists
and in the same time calls for having them participate in the elections.
Baghdad security spokesman Qassim al-Moussawi previously announced the arrest of a suspected al-Qaeda "propaganda team "in connection with the blasts and on Friday said some former Baathists
had been detained on the day of the explosions.
DIWANIYA / Aswat al-Iraq: Head of the security committee in Diwaniya said on Thursday that Baathists
must give up their weapons within seven days to maintain security in the city, threatening to take tough measures if they refused to obey the order.
DIWANIYA / Aswat al-Iraq: A number of demonstrators have gathered in front of the provincial building in Diwaniya, calling on concerned authorities to close the office of MP Saleh al-Mutlak and to expel Baathists
from government departments.
We warn of letting the Baathists
or their supporters in power," Qabanji said from the Shiite Al-Husseiniya Al-Fatimiya mosque in Najaf today (Dec.
While the Syrians under the Assads would remain in a state of fear as long as the Baathists
are in power, what post-Saddam Iraqis and post-Arafat Palestinians are trying to do is make a transition from one system to the other.
Together with other former Baathists
, including Saleh Omar Ali Al-Tikriti (a Sunni), Allawi founded INA in 1990 with the aim of toppling Saddam's Baathist
Rice, the word was "Allied," not "coalition," back then--"and Germans who were cooperating with them, much like today's Baathists
A few weeks later, on July 30, 1968, the Baathists
eliminated the non-Baathist
leaders and established their own government.
did not affect Syria; (4) Syria has a long record of providing various kinds of support for the main Islamic groups in the region including Hizbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others - so these groups had a vested interest in preventing any destabilisation of the Baathist
regime; (5) mosques and other religious bodies in the country are closely monitored by the security agencies, and Damascus never allowed mosques to develop into channels for the expression of free political opinion; and (6) The Syrian republic is Baathist
and secular, and although there has been no aggressive ideological push by the Baathists
to instill their ideals, unlike Kemalism in Turkey, people in Syria tend to be liberal and quite Westernised especially in the urban centres.