Iraq: Green Armbands, Red Blood

A week after the overthrow of Iraq's Dictator Abdul Karim Kassem. the crack of rifle fire still echoed in Baghdad's Liberation Square. Tanks and armored cars kept stern vigil at every important intersection. Scurrying everywhere were the little squads of men wearing green armbands—ferrets who sought to find and to crush the last remaining opposition to Rebel President Abdul Salam Aref and his mysterious revolutionary backers.

Who were these new rulers? In the modern mode, Aref, 41, gritted his teeth and presented himself at the Baghdad Hotel for the inevitable press conference with...

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