IRAQ: Trouble in Paradise (Cont'd)

Under such headlines as "At Last We Have Gotten In First," vastly relieved Londoners read last weekend that the political fire in Iraq, which had threatened the Mosul oil fields and Britain's prestige in the Moslem world, had been smothered, if not extinguished.

When Super-Nationalist Seyid Rashid El-Gailani this month took the Iraqi Premiership by coup d'état (TIME, April 21), Britain's great fear was that the new Government would let Axis fifth columnists tamper with the Mosul-Haifa pipeline, through which flows part of Britain's oil. If El-Gailani had had any such ideas, the British moved too fast for him. Into Basra...

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