Iraq: The Plot That Failed

Iraq, said President Abdul Salam Aref, "is a factor for the production of coups d'état." Aref should know: he himself seized power last November, ousting the Baathist regime of Premier Hassan Bakr which had itself over thrown Dictator Kassem last year.

Last week the Middle East heard details of the latest attempted coup to come off the Iraqi assembly line. It was scheduled for noon last Sept. 4 as Aref and most of his Cabinet boarded a Viscount turboprop en route to the Arab summit at Alexandria. The Viscount was to be escorted by a squadron of six MIG fighters...

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