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Abdullah bni Ali
Arabic: ¢abd ullahi bni ¢alī



Abdullah, regent of Iraq 1939-1953.
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Abdullah, regent of Iraq 1939-1953.

Young Faisal, the de facto king during Abdullah's regency 1939-1953
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Young Faisal, the de facto king during Abdullah's regency.

(1916- ) Iraqi regent 1939- 53, crown prince 1953- 58.
Abdullah was generally considered as a corrupt leader, who did little to improve the living standards of Iraq, and even less to modernize the army. The latter led to the humiliatingly poor performance of the Iraqi troops during the First Palestinian War (1948- 49). Abdullah was considered directly responsible for this.
He only managed to stay in power with the help of the British military.

Biography
1912: Born in Hijaz, as son of king Sharif Ali bni Hussein.
1925: Moves to Baghdad with his family, after Hijaz has been conquered by King Ibn Sa'ud the preceding year.
1939: When King Ghazi 1, the heir King Faisal 2 si only 4 years old. Abdullah becomes regent on his behalf.
1941 April: Following an anti-British coup, Abdullah and the rest of the royal family flees.
—: June: Abdullah is allowed to return after the coup has been struck down by British troops.
1953: As Faisal comes of age, he appoints Abdullah crown prince of Iraq.
1958 July 14: Is assassinated during the anti-monarchist coup.




By Tore Kjeilen