Iraqi official: 25 held for Ba'ath party renewal

Twenty-five people working in the Interior Ministry were arrested on Thursday in an alleged plot to restore Saddam Hussein's banned party, an Iraqi security official said. While the detainees included a brigadier general, most were low-level ministry employees, the official said. He added that they were taken into custody over the last three days. The official, who has access to the investigative file, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The Ba'ath Party was outlawed after Baghdad fell in the US-led 2003 invasion.