A 'Model Campaign' Reappraised: The Counter-Insurgency War in Dhofar, Oman, 1965-1975

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This article examines the Dhofar campaign in Oman (1965–75), and the role Britain played in assisting the Omani royal government against left-wing insurgents. Using existing secondary sources and declassified British government papers, it reassesses the contribution of British military advisers and special forces to the counter-insurgency (COIN) campaign, the balance between military action and civil affairs, the external dimension of the conflict, and intelligence and covert operations. It concludes by assessing whether the Dhofar War offers any guidance to Western armed forces involved in contemporary COIN campaigns such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271 - 306
Number of pages36
JournalThe Journal of Strategic Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


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