Some are offshoots of Iraqi Shiite opposition groups that opposed the former Baathist
regime for decades.
It's the Baathist
regime's secular character that makes it so important.
alliance with Sunni militants predates the rise of ISIL.
Sectarian divisions existed in Syria long before the Baathists
came to power.
For many, those fears have been swept to one side; fears of what might happen, overcome by fears of what actually is happening at the hands of the Baathist
With current events perhaps suggesting an answer to the question of confrontation or co-optation posed in the subtitle, this volume collects three essays, each based on contemporary fieldwork, examining relations between the Baathist
state and Islam in Syria.
official challenged Aseer to run for election on a Sida ballot-ticket in order to demonstrate the extent of his popularity in the Sida Street.
with Prosecution if they Fail to Renounce the Party in Writing
In the sprawling Shi ite slum of Sadr City in northern Baghdad, a panel s move to ban scores of candidates for alleged Baathist
links is the talk of the town in teahouses where men smoke Arabic water pipes and argue over sugary glasses of tea.
In his first news conference since the Baathist
ballot purge, Ahmad Chalabi said that the Accountability and Justice Committee that he heads "managed to reach results supporting [the] constitution."Aa
But Mohammed Jarboua, who claimed to be chairman of the new venture, was quoted as saying that there was no Baathist
link, and that the channel was for Iraqis and other Arabs who supported the late dictator.
George W Bush had branded Dr AssadAEs regime as a cheerleader of terrorism, a haven for Iraqi Baathist
and jihadist insurgents, the assassin of LebanonAEs Druze, Maronite and Sunni political elite, IranAEs proxy in the heart of the Arab world, weapons supplier to Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.