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From de- +‎ Baath +‎ -ification. Modeled on denazification, a similar concept employed against the conquered Nazi government following the Second World War.



de-Baathification (uncountable)

  1. The policy of removing Baath party members from Iraqi government positions following the fall of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
    • 2006, Anthony Shadid, Night draws near: Iraq's people in the shadow of America's war, p.322:
      From informing the Bush administration that Iraqis would welcome U.S. troops with flowers to urging a methodical and comprehensive de-Baathification program under which tens of thousands of people lost their jobs through guilt by association, she said, the errors in the exiles' counsel only mounted and multiplied.
    • 2014 January 4, Marina Ottaway, “Analysis: Anbar violence goes beyond sectarian conflict in Iraq”, in BBC News:
      Mr Maliki has worsened the situation by allowing and encouraging purges of Iraqi politicians in the name of de-Baathification and largely discontinuing the US-initiated policy of working with Sunni tribal leaders and their militias - the so-called Sons of Iraq - to isolate al-Qaeda.