Iraq rounds up Baathists ahead of US pullout

By REUTERS
October 25, 2011 19:43

 
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BAGHDAD - Iraq has arrested at least 240 former members of Saddam Hussein's banned Baath Party and ex-military officers over what some senior officials described as a plot to seize power after US troops withdraw at year's end.

While several officials characterized the round-up which began this week as the foiling of a specific plot, others said it was a precautionary measure before the U.S. withdrawal, nearly nine years after the 2003 invasion that ousted Saddam.

Government officials have long expressed concern that Baathists would try to retake power when US troops depart.

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