IRAQ: Death for a Brother

Seven months ago, in the heady days after they had killed King Feisal and seized power in Baghdad, Major General Karim Kassem and Colonel Abdul Salam Mohammed Aref were "brothers in revolt" who slept on the floor of the same office in the Defense Ministry Building. Last week after a sort of show trial before a military court, Colonel Aref was sentenced to death for trying to kill his chief, Premier Kassem.

A fanatical Arab nationalist, Aref campaigned from the early days of the revolution for speedy union with Nasser's United Arab Republic. Kassem, a lean, brooding soldier with no...

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