140. Editorial Note

At the 383d Meeting of the National Security Council on October 16 Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles included in his briefing on “Significant World Developments Affecting U.S. Security,” the following on Iraq:

“Mr. Dulles reported that the new Iraqi regime had just concluded a trade agreement with the Soviet Union, trade with which country had been cut off since 1955. The new regime was also beginning to implement its recent arms agreement with the Soviet Union. Mr. Dulles predicted that the Iraqi regime would need all the talents available to it in order to meet the manifold problems facing it, including particularly the possibility of a separatist movement among the Kurdish population of Iraq. [6 lines of source text not declassified]” (Memorandum of discussion by Gleason, October 17; Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records)