Iraq: All Quiet in the Zagros Mountains

It is becoming a habit in Iraq that as soon as a new revolutionary regime has knocked off its predecessor, it then makes peace overtures to the rebellious Kurdish tribesmen holed up in the Zag ros Mountains. Latest to do so is President Abdul Salam Aref, who seized power last November. With a flourish of drums and trumpets, Radio Baghdad last week proclaimed an end to the three years of off-again, on-again war with Kurdish Leader Mustafa Barzani and his 35,000 pyejmargas, guerrilla fighters.

Peace had been hammered out in an eleven-day conference at Barzani's mountain headquarters at Rania. Statements...

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