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The Anglo-Iraqi Treaty
Anglo-Iraqi Treaty
of October 1922 was an agreement signed by the government of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and the government of Iraq. The treaty was designed to allow for local self-government while giving the British control of foreign and military affairs. It was intended to conclude an agreement made at the Cairo Conference of 1921 to establish a Hashemite Kingdom in Iraq. In the aftermath of the First World War, most possessions of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
were divided between France and Britain, with the remainder becoming the present-day country of Turkey. The former Ottoman provinces of Baghdad, Mosul, and Basra
Basra
were proposed to become a League of Nations
League of Nations
Class A mandate under direct British rule, known as the British Mandate for Mesopotamia. The idea of a “mandate” was seen with serious skepticism among many of the people of the region as a thinly veiled attempt at colonization, and in fact the mandate was not implemented, as a widespread revolt broke out in 1920, after which it was decided that the territories would become instead the Kingdom of Iraq. On 23 August 1921, Faisal ibn Hasayn was crowned as Faisal I, King of Iraq. Concurrently, the area acquired by the new kingdom was going through a period of political turmoil. Nationalists who believed that the expulsion of the Ottomans would lead to greater independence were disappointed at the system of government decided for the British Mandate of Mesopotamia. Rather than the people of the region gaining a new sense of national identity through self-government, the British imported civil servants from India
India
who had previous knowledge and experience of how to manage the administration of an overseas possession. The Anglo-Iraqi Treaty
Anglo-Iraqi Treaty
of 1922 served to prevent uprisings in the intended new Kingdom of Iraq
Kingdom of Iraq
by giving Britain direct control of the kingdom's military, and significant influence over its economic and political affairs.

French interests in the Middle East in blue, British in red. Overlapping in Palestine which was the British interest in the Levant. This overlap was created to allow for a British railroad concession between the oil rich Persian Gulf and the Levant. The French interests allowed the French to gain the former German railroad concessions between Allepo and oil rich northern Mesopotamia.[2]

Contents

1 The Sykes-Picot Agreement 2 Insurgency 3 The Cairo Conference 4 The Signing 5 Suspension 6 See also 7 References and sources

The Sykes-Picot Agreement[edit] During the First World War, the Sykes–Picot Agreement
Sykes–Picot Agreement
was struck between the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and France on behalf of their respective governments on a vision of a post war division of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
in which the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
(south and west of Anatolia) would be split into spheres of influence for the French and British.

That France and Great Britain are prepared to recognize and protect an independent Arab states or a confederation of Arab states (a) and (b) marked on the annexed map, under the suzerainty of an Arab chief. That in area (a) France, and in area (b) Great Britain, shall have priority of right of enterprise and local loans. That in area (a) France, and in area (b) Great Britain, shall alone supply advisers or foreign functionaries at the request of the Arab state or confederation of Arab states.

Insurgency[edit] The Anglo-Iraqi Treaty
Anglo-Iraqi Treaty
was signed due mostly to the strenuous efforts of the people of the former Ottoman provinces, a coalition of both Sunni and Shia Arabs. Major centres of insurgency during what was later called the "Great Iraqi Revolution" of 1920 included, Baghdad, Najaf, and Karbala. The insurgency effort in Karbala
Karbala
was inflamed by a fatwa issued by the grand mujtahid, Imam Shirazi. This fatwa made the observation that it was contrary to the principles of Islam for the region to be ruled by the British, who did not practice Islam. The fatwa ordered a jihad against the British forces of occupation. The Kurds of the northern part of the region also waged war on the British in the years following the signing and ratification of the treaty. They sought separation from newly created Iraq, aiming to establish a separate homeland for themselves. Their efforts at revolt were tempered by the British, in large part due to air to ground attacks conducted by the Royal Air Force, but the aid of other Kurds to defeat the revolt were of significant consequence. This would prove to be only the first revolt against the British and the government of Iraq
Iraq
by the Kurds. The Cairo Conference[edit] The Cairo Conference of 1921 would set the stage for greater Iraqi autonomy. The British appointed Faisal ibn Hasayn to lead the country as the first King of Iraq. Faisal was seen as a compromise between British interests in the country, and the revolutionary nationalists; he could trace his family lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad, as well as having participated in the 1916 Arab revolt against the Ottomans. However, the British still saw Faisal as dependent enough of their support to bend him under pressure. The Signing[edit] The treaty was signed on behalf of the British by Sir Percy Cox
Percy Cox
on 10 October 1922. However, it was not ratified by the Iraqi government until 1924. It was only when the British High Commissioner
High Commissioner
threatened to wield his authority to scrap the constitution, drafted by the Iraqi constituent assembly, that the treaty was finally ratified. It was seen with disdain by many of the people of the new Kingdom, both Sunni and Shia. While it was the first step towards complete independence from the imperial powers, it created a country which was not accepted by all those who found themselves within it. Suspension[edit] The Treaty was eventually suspended upon the signing of the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty
Anglo-Iraqi Treaty
of 1930. See also[edit]

Sykes–Picot Agreement Anglo-French Declaration Treaty of Sèvres Treaty of Lausanne Anglo-Iraqi Treaty
Anglo-Iraqi Treaty
(1930) Baghdad British-Iraqi relations British Mandate of Mesopotamia RAF Iraq
Iraq
Command Faisal I of Iraq Iraq Mesopotamia Ottoman Empire

References and sources[edit]

The History Guy [1] accessed on 13 April 2008. Encyclopaedia of the Orient [2] accessed on 9 August 2007. Chronological Table of Middle East History [3] accessed on 9 September 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica [4]

^ The Anglo Iraq
Iraq
Treaty of 1922 ^ Coughlan, Robert (27 November 1950). "Mystery Billionaire". Life. 29 (22): 81–107. ISSN 0024-3019. 

This article contains material from the Library of Congress Country Studies, which are United States government
United States government
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