Faisal II(redirected from Faisal II of Iraq)
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Feisal II(both: fī`səl), 1935–58, king of Iraq (1939–58). He ascended to the throne on the death of his father, King Ghazi. After a long regency, Faisal attained his majority in 1953. Regarded as pro-Western in his sympathies, he was killed on July 14, 1958, when a revolution led by Abdul Karim Kassem overthrew the Iraqi monarchy.
Born May 2, 1935, in Baghdad; died there July 14, 1958. King of Iraq from 1939; member of the Hashimite dynasty.
Until Faisal reached his majority in 1953, Iraq was ruled by the regent Abdul Ilah. Faisal was strongly influenced by the reactionary pro-British clique of Abdul Ilah and Nurial-Said. Faisal was slain during the Iraqi Revolution of 1958.