Coll 17/10(3) 'Internal: political situation; relations with HMG' [134r] (267/513)
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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Decypher. Sir B. Nev/ton (Bagdad).
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2nd January, 191-1.
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Srd January, 191-1.
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Your telegram No. 656 of 191-0<
I handed the note to Minister for Foreign Affairs
this morning stating that as in spite of reminder, no reply
had yet been received to my communication handed to him
on December 12th 191-0 (see my telegram No. 7.61-) ? His
^ Majesty’s Government had been compelled to draw the
conclusion that proposal for the release of the murderers
of His Majesty’s Consul at Mosul had been under consideration c
I then continued with the first two sentences of your^
telegram under reference and asked that the note should be
brought to the notice of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet,
The rest of the telegram I gave orally to Nuri Pasha and
subsequently to the Regent. Copy of the note follows by bag.,
2. Rashid Ali’s [?grp. omtd.] in this matter is now
shown to be even worse than it at first appeared. British adviser
to the Ministry of the Interior tells me that so long ago as
last May he told the Prime Minister that any proposal for the
release of the men convicted for this murder would be ill
advised and premature and that he repeated this warning some
time later„ He thinks that the idea may have originated with
Rashid Ali but that Taha is almost equally to blame as the
matter was referred to the Ministry of Defence in view of the
fact that theoriminals were sentenced by court martial.
Repeated to Middle Hast Intelligence Cen ere Saving.
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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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