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January 20, 2004
Release Number: 04-01-50


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120 BAATHISTS RENOUNCE POLITICAL PARTY

MOSUL, Iraq - Former high-ranking members of the Ba'ath Party renounced affiliation with their political party in today Rabiah on the Syrian border, in a meeting with the leaders of the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade (Stryker), 2nd Infantry Division, attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

The meeting took place in a schoolroom filled with 120 Ba'athists, and was led by the town mayor and Lt. Col. Buddy Carman, regiment commander. Before the Ba'athists stood to take an oath renouncing the party, Carman made it clear what taking the oath meant.

"This pledge is voluntary, there will be no payment, no promise of jobs," he said.

Following the mass renouncement, Carman thanked the group for their support for the rebuilding of Iraq.

"I think that just as Iraq was once powerful, it'll be powerful again," Carman said. "Iraq has a bright future and America and other coalition countries will join Iraq as brothers."

Earlier in the day there was another denunciation in Tal Abtah, south of the city of Mosul, hosted by 5th battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). That brings the total to four cities in northern Iraq that have held mass denunciations in cooperation with coalition forces.

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