IRAQ: The Helpful Communists

In the four months since he took over Iraq by a brutal army revolt, General Karim Kassem has learned that power is not to be wielded without politics. At first, he tried to rule by rigid army control. But his top lieutenant in the July revolt, hotheaded Colonel Abdul Salam Mohammed Aref, soon took the burning issue from the barracks to the streets. He rushed about the country stirring up crowds for speedy union with Nasser's United Arab Republic. Kassem preferred to talk fervently of brotherhood with Nasser, while keeping Iraq...

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