IRAQ: THE MOSSUL UPRISING OF 1959
After the overthrow of the monarchy, the revolutionary regime in Iraq under cAbdalkarim Qasim was constantly beset by an internal struggle: communists and their supporters on one side and pan-Arab nationalists and Iraqi Bacthists on the other. Street fighting erupted in Baghdad at the slightest provocation. In March 1959, a revolt broke out in Mosul led by the anti-communist army officers and the pan-Arabists. cAbdalkarim Qasim crushed the revolt with the massive communist support. He might have been able to keep a balance between the two, he had not antagonized nationalist leaders through his execution of nationalist officers opposed to him. Thus the country became divided into two radical camps.
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