IRAQ: The Strange Conspiracy

"With the help of God," said Iraq's Premier Abdul Karim Kassem on the radio one day last week, "we have discovered a serious plot . . . the work of some corrupt elements helped by foreigners from outside Iraq." The plot, said Kassem, was to have swung into action next morning. The arms, the money and the "perpetrators" had all been captured, he declared. The arrested would be tried by the People's Court for treason.

Kassem ordered Baghdad into a state of alert, and two Iraqi air force jet squadrons flew over the...

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