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British reaction to Iraqi revolution



Pro-British King Feisal killed in coup d'etat

- File containing a series of telegrams from Sir Michael Wright to Foreign Office charting the daily news resulting from the revolution in Iraq which was headed by Brigadier Abdul Karim Qasim.
King Feisal, Crown Prince and Nuri all killed

- British shocked but decided to act to maintain relations within the country, whilst letting the new regime know that the old government 'were our friends'

- Secret notes for Prime Minister about the revolution and future policy towards Iraq (around two pages):

* Organised by small number of men - young ardent nationalists who were very efficient in the their handling of the revolution (occupying strategic posts) however somewhat naive:

"The rebels seem to be far from certain of themselves and anxious to be friends with us. They are certainly Arab nationalists and probably admirers of Nasser. But they are not yet hostile to the West nor committed to the Communists'.

Plus: List of biographical notes on the leading personalities behind the revolution, including Brigadier Abdul Karim Qasim, Lieutenant General Najib Rubaii, Muhammad Mahdi Kubbah and Colonel Khalid Naqshabandi.

PRO File: PREM 112 3 68  

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