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    THE BODY OF IRAQ'S PRESIDENT ABDUL SALAM ARIF, KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH ON WEDNESDAY, WAS FLOWN IN TO BAGHDAD ON THURSDAY.

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    THE BODY OF IRAQ'S PRESIDENT ABDUL SALAM ARIF, KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH ON WEDNESDAY, WAS FLOWN IN TO BAGHDAD ON THURSDAY. THE MILITARY AIRCRAFT THAT BROUGHT IN PRESIDENT ARIF'S BODY ALSO CARRIED THE BODIES OF THE OTHER PERSONS KILLED IN THE CRASH.

    AMONG THOSE WAITING AT THE AIRPORT WERE IRAQ'S PRIME MINISTER, DR. ABDUL RAHMAN AL BAZZAZ, THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC'S FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT, FIELD MARSHAL ABDUL HAKIM AMER, AND IRAQI MINISTERS AND SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. THE PRIME MINISTER AND MARSHAL AMER TOOK TURNS IN CARRYING THE COFFIN TO THE MILITARY AMBULANCE THAT SERVED AS A HEARSE.

    YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT IRAQ'S ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF, MAJOR-GENERAL RAHMAN ARIF, HAD BEEN SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT IN PLACE OF HIS LATE BROTHER. THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME A FEW HOURS AFTER THE FORMER PRESIDENT'S FUNERAL.

    THE CRASH OCCURRED IN SOUTHERN IRAQ WHILE THE PRESIDENT, TWO CABINET MINISTERS AND SEVEN AIDES WERE FLYING TO BASRA. ALL 10 PERSONS WERE KILLED. THE MINISTERS WERE THE INTERIOR MINISTER, MAJOR-GENERAL ABDUL LATIF DARAJI, AND THE INDUSTRY MINISTERS MR MUSTAFA ABDULLAH TAHA.

    GENERAL ARIF CUT SHORT A VISIT TO MOSCOW, WHERE HE HAD TALKS WITH THE SOVIET ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF, MARSHAL MATVEI, ZAKHAROV, TO RETURN TO BAGHDAD FOR HIS BROTHER'S FUNERAL. THE IRAQ-SOVIET TALKS HINGED MAINLY ON SPARE PARTS FOR SOVIET ARMS USED BY THE IRAQI ARMY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZO4PPKUWLEDYHNAKFBDF3760
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZO4PPKUWLEDYHNAKFBDF3760
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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