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A Ba'athist is a member of a pan-Arab socialist Ba'ath (from the Arabic for "revival") political party active principally in Syria and Iraq.[1] The movement began during the 1940s with the goal of uniting the entire Arab-speaking world into a nation state.[2] Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was an influential Ba'athist and placed the Ba'ath Party at the center of his regime.[3] The current leader of Syria Bashar al-Assad is also a the leader of the Syrian Baathist Party.