AFGHANISTAN: Coup d' Escape

Even wiliest Oriental priests and brigands were baffled, last week, by the double and triple crossing executed by Amanullah of Afghanistan. Was he still king or wasn't he? As first unfolded by the world press, the story was of deceptive simplicity. It was a good story, too, for headlines blared:

AFGHANISTAN HAS THREE KINGS IN ONE WEEK!

First off, the doughty brigand Bacha Sakao, called "The Water Carrier," stormed Kabul and forced King Amanullah to abdicate in favor of his brother Inayatullah (TIME, Jan. 21). Secondly, the bandits continued their storming until Second-King-of-the-Week...

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