25 JANUARY

BRITISH ARMY KILLS FIFTY EGYPTIAN POLICE OFFICERS

[ 25 January 1952 ]

By January 1952, the British Army, which was still stationed in Egypt’s Suez Canal Zone, was growing increasingly frustrated by attacks on its positions by small groups of Egyptian guerrilla fighters, who were determined to force their former colonial masters to evacuate.

MI6 BACKS IDI AMIN COUP

Caricature of Idi Amin –
Edmund S. Valtman – public domain

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[ 25 January 1971 ]

On 25 January 1971, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) was allegedly involved in backing the coup which brought Uganda’s brutal dictator Idi Amin to power.  It is claimed that Beverly Barnard, an SIS officer, directed southern Sudanese rebels to support the general’s grab for power.  Amin’s predecessor, President Milton Obote, had been threatening to nationalise British businesses and had become, in the words of one diplomat, ‘our most implacable enemies in matters affecting Southern Africa.’1

FOOTNOTE

  1. Rory Cormac, Disrupt and Deny: Spies, Special Forces and the Secret Pursuit of British Foreign Policy, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2018, p. 185.

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