Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [95r] (189/513)
The record is made up of 1 file (256 folios). It was created in 29 Apr 1940-24 Oct 1941. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.
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[This Document is the Property of His Britannic Majesty’s Government, and should be
kept under Lock and Key.]
To: IRAQ .
Cypher telegram to Sir B. Newton, (Bagdad),
Foreign Office 2nd February, 1941. 8.45 p.m,
. ^ telegram No. 94 [of February 1st political situation
in Iraq], *
. , I approve your language. In view of our reasons for
mistrusting General Taha. I see no reason to encourage
waverers to support new Government until its policy is clearer.
2. Failure to secure rupture of relations with Italy
last June has been cause of many of our difficulties. Our
increased strength in Middle East and resignation of Rashid
All should present a second opportunity. There will no
doubt be much opposition to this step but I do not see what
better chance is likely to occur. You should continue to make
it clear that all intrigues with Axis Powers and Japan must
cease and to suggest that if Iraqi Government want to regain
full confidence and support of His Majesty's Government no
step could be more effective than rupture of diplomatic
relations with Italy.
5. At the same time in order to counter enemy propaganda
you will no doubt stress that recent quarrel has nox been
of our choosing and that it is our sincere desire to return
to friendly collaboration which has been of such advantage
to Iraq in the past and is her only sensible policy now.
Repeated to Cairo No. 284 Tehran No. 32 Angora No. 254
Jedda No. 24 Jerusalem No. 163 Delhi No. 1150,
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This file is a continuation of IOR/L/PS/12/2861. It contains correspondence and memoranda regarding relations between HMG Her or His Majesty’s Government in London. and the Government of Iraq, and documents the reaction of the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. and Foreign Office to political developments within Iraq. The papers primarily consist of communications between HM Ambassador to Iraq and HM Foreign Secretary, regarding the cabinet of Rashid Ali al-Gaylani, his resignation in January 1941 and the formation of a new cabinet under Taha al-Hashimi, and the resumption of power by Rashid Ali backed by the military in April 1941. The file concludes with papers detailing the escape of the Regent 'Abd al-Ilah, and initial negotiations with Rashid Ali's Government of National Defence.
The papers include detailed discussion of the relations between Iraq and the Axis Powers, and attempts by the British to persuade the Government of Iraq to sever diplomatic ties with Italy. They also discuss British concerns over the growing anti-British sentiment in Iraq, as a result of British interference in Iraqi internal affairs and British policy towards Palestine and Syria. Amongst the papers are intelligence reports on the 'Golden Square' Generals (folios 58-59), and a copy of British plans to undermine the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin al-Husseini (folios 194-195). The file also contains a small number of communications from the Government of Iraq, and from HM Ambassadors to Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the USSR.
Folios 4-8 concern the affairs of the family of the late Khan Sahib Badruddin Khan, and appear to have come from a different file.
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The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 256; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 2-256, and ff 206-225; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.
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