• Short Summary

    THE FIRST EYE WITNESS REPORTS OF THE FIGHTING IN IRAQ WERE GIVEN TODAY (SUNDAY) IN BEIRUT BY PASSENGERS WHO ARRIVED BY AIR FROM BAGHDAD.

  • Description

    THE FIRST EYE WITNESS REPORTS OF THE FIGHTING IN IRAQ WERE GIVEN TODAY (SUNDAY) IN BEIRUT BY PASSENGERS WHO ARRIVED BY AIR FROM BAGHDAD. THEY SAID THAT SPORADIC FIGHTING WAS STILL GOING ON IN THE CAPITAL AS FORCES OF THE REVOLUTION ATTACKED THE LAST POCKETS OF RESISTANCE.

    VIOLENT MOBS ROAMING THE STREETS, TANKS AND TROOPS ON THE MOVE, AND BEHIND EVERY ACTIVITY THE SOUND OF GUN-FIRE - THAT IS THE PICTURE THE REFUGEES GAVE TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT.

    ONE EYE WITNESS SAID THAT ALL DAY FRIDAY MIG FIGHTERS ATTACKED WITH ROCKETS AND BOMBS GENERAL KASSEM'S STRONGHOLD AT THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE. THEN, IN THE EVENING, TANKS MOVED IN TO SUPPORT TROOPS FIGHTING TO TAKE OVER POSITIONS HELD BY KASSEM'S SUPPORTERS. CROWDS OF PEOPLE, ARMED WITH STICKS AND CLUBS, WERE STILL ROAMING THE STREETS FIGHTING AMONGST THEMSELVES.

    ON BAGHDAD TELEVISION LAST NIGHT PICTURES WERE SHOWN OF THE BODIES OF GENERAL KASSEM AND HIS AIDES AFTER EXECUTION. THERE WAS NO DOUBT OF KASSEM'S IDENTITY. TODAY (SUNDAY) THE CITY WAS SECURE, WITH TANKS AND TROOPS IN EVERY SQUARE, AND ROAD BLOCKS TO CHECK MOVEMENT OF ALL VEHICLES.

    THE FOREIGN OFFICE SAID TONIGHT THAT BRITAIN'S RECOGNITION OF IRAQ'S NEW REGIME WILL BE CONSIDERED ACCORDING TO THE USUAL PROCEDURES. ONE OF THESE IS THAT THE REGIME SHOULD EFFECTIVELY CONTROL MOST OF THE COUNTRY. SUDAN IS THE LATEST COUNTRY TO RECOGNISE THE NEW IRAQI REGIME, BRINGING THE NUMBER UP TO TEN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1HKZ2ZY0LZI0LDH0NS7K0I8LI
    Media URN:
    VLVA1HKZ2ZY0LZI0LDH0NS7K0I8LI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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