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US now woos Ba'ath Party

April 22, 2004 20:16 IST

The US is moving to rehireformer members of Iraq's ruling Ba'ath party and seniormilitary officers fired after the ouster of Saddam Hussein,officials said.

The proposal by the US Administrator for Iraq L PaulBremer is aimed at enticing the powerful Sunni minority backinto the political fold and weaken support for the insurgentsin the Sunni triangle, the officials were quoted as saying byThe Washington Post.

"Iraq has a highly marginalised Sunni minority, and themore the people of standing can be taken off the pariah list,the more the community will become involved politically," saida senior envoy from a country in the US-led coalition.

All Ba'ath party members who were teachers, doctors or intop government positions were systematically fired after theUS-led occupation in Iraq. The first move to revise policy on former Baathists willbe to reinstate about 11,000 teachers and hundreds ofprofessors who were fired after Saddam was ousted last year.

"More broadly, (this strategy) is again reaching out tothe Sunnis and making them feel part of the processs andinvesting them in the process while also not alienating therest of Iraq, particulary the Shiites and the Kurds," a senioradministration official told the Post.

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I think its time for the citizens of America and Britain to come out in open and protest seriously against the agression of IRAQ and ...

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