IRAQ: These Savage Acts

In 112° heat, representatives of Baghdad's press and radio settled uneasily in their chairs for a hastily called press conference by Premier Karim Kassem. He wanted to ask questions, not answer them. For four hours an unsmiling Kassem blasted his audience, charged Baghdad's predominantly Communist press with fomenting the recent bloody, three-day uprising in Kirkuk that took 121 lives. Though he never used the term "Communist," Kassem referred repeatedly to "anarchists," and his audience knew whom he had in mind.

Kneading a white handkerchief over his knuckled fist, Kassem explained that he had "gathered you here to reprove you and to...

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