‘Horrendous killing’ of monarchs ended Iraqi politics: ex-Royal Guard


Baghdad—Falih Hanthal, who was a 23-year-old officer in Iraq’s Royal Guard, said “politics ended” after the coup d’état that saw the toppling of the country’s monarchy in what is dubbed as the 14 July revolution of 1958.
On July 14, a group identified as the Free Officers, a secret military group led by Brigadier Abd al-Karim Qasim, overthrew the monarchy, paving the way to what is now the Republic of Iraq.
The Free Officers led an attack on the monarchy’s Rihab Palace, leading to the killing of Iraq’s Crown Prince Abdul al-Ilah, who served as regent to the 19-year-old King Faisal II. Prime Minister Nuri al-Said and Faisal II were also assassinated.
The violence that saw the slain prince’s corpse defiled and humiliated where “his legs and arms were decapitated, stomach disemboweled with his intestine gushing outside,” recalled Hanthal, during an interview aired on Al Arabiya News Channel’s Political Memory program on Friday.—Agencies