Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is seen during a military celebration in Baghdad in this February 16, 2003 file photo. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem/Files
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Dozens of Iraqis crowding a Baghdad street fought to glimpse the red-haired man in a glass coffin, hoping to witness the end of a long-feared member of Saddam Hussein's regime.Saddam and his Baath Party still haunt Iraqi politics, where links to the former regime can wreck careers, as well as battlefields across Iraq where his former officers have played major roles in militant groups fighting the new government.The Baath took power in a 1968 coup, dominating the country until the overthrow of Saddam's regime by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.Iraq has sought to reduce the influence of Saddam's regime in the post-2003 state via "de-Baathification".Critics say de-Baathification has been used by the Shiite-led government to victimize Iraq's Sunni minority, which dominated Saddam's regime.
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