MIDDLE EAST: New Bastion

The West moved swiftly last week to take a new partner into its "northern tier" of Middle East defenses. Stopping over in Baghdad on his way back from Bangkok, Britain's Anthony Eden suggested to Iraq's Premier Nuri es-Said that Britain is ready to join the Turkish-Iraqi alliance and to replace the expiring Anglo-Iraqi pact with a new association . . . in line with those which already exist with Turkey and other partners in NATO. " Britian's connection with Iraq is oil, which is Baghdad's chief source of revenue: $100 million a year.

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