Iraqis Killing Former Baath Party Members

(Washington Post) Iraqis have begun tracking down and killing former members of the ruling Baath Party. Some Iraqis say the killings could reach several hundred in Baghdad alone. Many have been carried out in the Shiite neighborhood formerly known as Saddam City, while others have been reported in Najaf, Karbala, and Basra. The singer Daoud Qais, known for his odes to Hussein, was shot dead on Saturday. "We want the Americans to kill them, but we don't think they are going to," said Muntathar Mohammed, 40, of Baghdad. The U.S. issued a decree last Friday that prohibits senior Baath Party officials from holding positions in Iraq's postwar government.

2003-05-20 00:00:00

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