IRAQ: The Big Parade

Making up for eight weeks spent in the hospital recovering from an assassin's bullets, Iraq's Premier Karim Kassem turned to unfinished business. In his headquarters inside Baghdad's ugly yellow brick Defense Ministry, he put seven committees to work on crash programs, one reorganizing the army (and negotiating with Moscow for arms), a second restudying Iraq's foreign policy, another drafting a new constitution, a fourth drawing up an electoral law to regulate the long-promised return of "normal" political activity on Jan. 6. By that date Kassem himself hopes to reassert his position as...

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