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A Proxy War in Arabia: The Dhofar Insurgency and Cross-Border Raids into South Yemen

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-104
Number of pages14
Issue number1
Early online date1 Dec 2015
Accepted/In press21 Apr 2014
E-pub ahead of print1 Dec 2015
PublishedDec 2015


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This article examines a hitherto obscure aspect of the conflict in Dhofar, Oman (1963–76), the Anglo-Omani covert operation (Operation Dhib) to send Mahra tribesmen to conduct cross-border raids into South Yemen during the early 1970s. Using declassified British government papers, this article outlines the origins of Operation Dhib, and the contrasting objectives of the Sultanate of Oman and the United Kingdom in instigating and sponsoring this covert action.

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