History changes

“A group of Iraqi army officers have staged a coup in Iraq and overthrown the monarchy.

“Baghdad Radio announced the Army has liberated the Iraqi people from domination by a corrupt group put in power by ‘imperialism’.

“From now on Iraq would be a republic that would ‘maintain ties with other Arab countries’.

King Faisal II of Iraq believed to have been killed during the 1958 coup“Reports from the US Embassy in Baghdad say the British Embassy has been ransacked and set on fire.

“The ambassador and his wife were held at the embassy until late this afternoon. They are now in a Baghdad hotel.

“Unconfirmed reports suggest King Faisal has been killed.”

The 1958 Coup in Iraq sparked jitters in Middle East.