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In the meantime, the Iraqi authorities continued to crack down on Monday on former Baathists and former army officers, generating political debate and raising fears of a return of sectarian sentiments to the war-torn country.
Iraqi Baathists who have taken refuge in Syria have said that they "always fear that Syrian security forces will detain them," according to the pan-Arab daily ASHARQ AL AWSAT.
In its report, the newspaper said that security forces arrest and torture Baathists, including old people and children, giving them a time limit to leave the province and to sell their propertyC*," Ahmed Nouri al-Dujeili told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
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.
Finally, very reluctantly, the United States is coming around to the long-standing Russian position that the secular Baathist regime in Syria must survive, as part of some compromise peace deal that everybody except the Islamist extremists will accept (although nobody will love it).
Both the Baathists and Islamic militants were able to cultivate support from ordinary Sunnis who were alienated by the sectarian policies of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The Baathists were Arab nationalists and, by inclination, secular.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki surprised both Baathists and his political partners by calling for a constitutional freeze and the prohibition of the Baath Party under the Iraqi constitution, the pan-Arab daily ASHARQ AL AWSAT said on Thursday.
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.
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.