IRAQ: Villains Unidentified

In the six months since he seized power in Baghdad, wiry Strongman Karim Kassem has been obsessed by one problem: how to escape domination by Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser. To fight off the Arab nationalists in his midst, Kassem all but handed control of the Baghdad mob to the Communists, did not even intervene when the Reds organized a stone-throwing reception for U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Rountree (TIME, Dec. 29). Last week, for the first time, there were signs that Kassem might have come to realize that Moscow's embrace can...

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