Baath Party

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Baath Party

A political party in the Middle East advocating secular, socialist policies intended to free Arab-majority countries from Western influence. It was established in 1940 in Syria. Its Syrian and Iraqi branches split in 1955 and became antagonistic toward each other. It became the ruling party of Syria in 1963 and was in charge of Iraq from 1968 until 2003.
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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 regime.
Rice, the word was "Allied," not "coalition," back then--"and Germans who were cooperating with them, much like today's Baathists and Fedayeen.
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.