Egypt: Microcosm of a Struggle

It was certainly a bad week for Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser. He lost a trusted friend and ally in the helicopter death of Iraq's President Abdul Salam Aref (see MILESTONES). In Yemen, a pro-Nasser Republican leader was shot down by an assassin. But Nasser's biggest trouble occurred right at home, and it was caused by the army, which is normally considered the strongest supporter of his regime. The government announced the arrest of 20 top officers on charges of plotting a coup. The word in Cairo was variously that the officers were at loggerheads with Nasser...

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