• Short Summary

    (ROLL CUE)
    IRAQ AND ITS STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT OIL RESERVES ARE CLOSER TO THE COMMUNIST CAMP THIS MORNING.

  • Description

    (ROLL CUE)
    IRAQ AND ITS STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT OIL RESERVES ARE CLOSER TO THE COMMUNIST CAMP THIS MORNING. IT BEGAN SATURDAY IN BAGHDAD.......

    (FILM IN)
    ...WHEN, IN AN EMOTION PACKED TRIAL, COLONEL ABDEL SALAM AREF (CQ) WAS CONDEMNED TO DEATH FOR CONSPIRACY.

    AREF, WAS PRO_NASSER. HIS CONVICTION WAS THE SIGNAL FOR THE RESHUFFLING OF THE IRAQI CABINET. SIX ANTI-COMMUNIST MINISTERS RESIGNED. EIGHT NEW MINISTERS WERE APPOINTED. NONE ARE COMMUNISTS, BUT ALL ARE LEFTISTS.

    (OPTICAL)
    ON THE SURFACE, THE CHANGE STRENGTHENS THE PERSONAL HAND OF PREMIER ABDEL KARIM KASSEM (CQ), THE MAN WHO LED IRAQ'S REVOLT AGAINST THE MONARCHY LAST YEAR.

    HIS POPULARITY WITH THE PREDOMINANTLY AGRICULTURAL POPULATION IS IMMENSE.

    THESE FARMERS, FOR EXAMPLE, ARE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE FREE LANDS PARCELLED OUT TO THEM -- A REFORM LONG OVERDUE IN THIS FEUDAL STATE.

    BUT THE DEATH SENTENCE FOR COLONEL AREF AND THE DISMISSAL OF THE ANTI-COMMUNIST CABINET MEMBER COMES ON TOP OF IRAQ'S AGREEMENT TO ACCEPT ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL AID FROM THE SOVIET UNION.

    PREMIER KASSEM, IN HIS FEAR OF BEING SWALLOWED UP IN NASSER'S ARAB LEAGUE, IS LOOKING TO MOSCOW FOR HELP IT IS A DANGEROUS GAME.

    BUT IT IS A GAME THAT NASSER HIMSELF PLAYS. THE EGYPTIAN DICTATOR PLAYS WEST AGAINST EAST, FEELING THAT HE CAN ALWAYS PULL OUT FROM UNDER THE COMMUNIST COVER.

    (OPTICAL)
    APPARENTLY IRAQ'S LEADER FEELS THE SAME WAY. HE HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE. THESE PEOPLE...WHO STAGED A PEACE RALLY IN THE RELIGIOUS CITY OF KARABALA (CQ). THEY SHOUTED FOR PEACE IN THEIR LAND....THEY PROCLAIMED LOYALTY TO THEIR GOVERNMENT.

    NARRATION, COMING OUT OF FILM:
    BUT NOW THEIR GOVERNMENT IS SWINGING LEFT. WILL PREMIER KASSEM BE A STRONG ENOUGH TO KEEP MOSCOW AT BAY? THAT IS THE QUESTION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7H80WASLE0TU9XF2NI6PI0EM0
    Media URN:
    VLVA7H80WASLE0TU9XF2NI6PI0EM0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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