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‘intensive Arrests’ of Jews Reported from Iraq; Many Accused of Espionage

The Middle East News Agency reported from Cairo today that the Iraqi Government has uncovered an “espionage network” operating in Baghdad, which included “a large number of Iraqi Jews.” The number arrested totaled 72. The report said three radio transmitters were seized in the raids.

The Iraqi Jews were reportedly conducting “suspicious activities.” Some withdrew deposits from Baghdad banks in an effort to “shake the Iraqi economy.” The Iraqi Government made extensive arrests to deal with “Zionism and Anglo-American imperialism,” the report stated, adding that the accused are being cross-examined under the personal supervision of Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Abdull Atif.