Correspondence, reports, membership and
personnel files, judicial and investigatory dossiers, administrative files and registers,
and videorecordings relating to political conditions in, and governance of, Iraq. Collected
by the Iraq Memory Foundation [Mu'assasat al-dhakirah al-'Iraqiyah] from the Ba'th Regional
Command headquarters and from secondary sources.
The Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabī al-Ishtirākī (Ba'th Arab Socialist Party) came to power in Iraq
through a military coup in July 1968. Over time, party members systematically penetrated all
governmental and military institutions. The Ba'th Party was able to influence or control the
Iraqi government in two ways. One was through government employees and military personnel
who were also party members. The second was the party's ability to influence governmental
decisions at lower levels. Because the party had units that were functionally parallel to
those of the government, the party could monitor activities in all government units.
11 million digitized page images and 107 digital video
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