World War: MIDDLE EASTERN THEATER: Everybody Loses

An Iraqi officer carrying a white flag approached British headquarters in the outskirts of Bagdad last weekend. He carried a request for an armistice, which the British accepted. Thus ended the pro-Axis rebellion of Rashid Ali El-Gailani. When the last rifle shot had cracked outside Bagdad, Germany had lost a lot of face in the Arab world, a handful of Iraqi had lost a rebellion, but the British were still a long way from running the Nazis out of Iraq.

Ostensible reason for El-Gailani's resort to arms was a difference of opinion over the Anglo-Iraq Treaty of 1930, under which...

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