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Iraq Announces Air, Land Mobilization to Fight Israel on Short Notice

Iraq has mobilized its ground and air forces, placing them on a standby emergency alert, and announced it had placed its armed forces under Syrian command in the wake of air and ground fights yesterday on the Israel-Syrian frontier, it was reported here today from Damascus, An Iraqi military delegation, headed by Iraqi Air Force Commander Hardan Takriti, is now in the Syrian capital.

A Baghdad report quoted Iraq’s Air Defense Minister, Gen. Mahdi Ammash, as saying that all Iraqi war planes had been concentrated along the banks of the Euphrates River, and all other army units have been ordered ready to go into battle against Israel on 30 minutes’ notice.