IRAQ: Equal to Franco

Iraq's rulers had never spent much energy in improving the lot of their people. But in a burst of zeal remarkable in the Baghdad summer, they tried to suppress Iraqi Communists whose appeal for support is based on Iraq's mass misery.

To set an example, the Government got tough with more than 60 Iraqis charged with a Communist conspiracy against the state. Chief defendant was Yusuf Salman, Moscow-trained Communist leader known to the underground as El Fahd (The Cheetah). Last week El Fahd, pale and thin after an eight-day hunger strike against conditions in his sweltering Baghdad prison,...

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