The Minister Resident in Iraq (Knabenshue) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 19—1:55 a.m.]
121. The following is a confidential comment on my telegram No. 122, December 18, 4 p.m.15 which will follow. While the British decision may be for financial reasons it is generally believed that it is also the beginning of a political and economic pressure to be increased in other directions until Iraq’s attitude toward Britain becomes more cooperative.