26 JANUARY

STARVATION USED AS A WEAPON OF WAR AGAINST THE XHOSA

[ 26 January 1852 ]

On 26 January 1852, seven columns of British colonial troops were advancing into the Amatola mountains on the eastern fringes of Cape Colony in what is today South Africa, systematically burning all the crops and settlements belonging to the Xhosa people, and seizing their goats, cattle and horses.

THATCHER CONSIDERS OPTIONS FOR TERROR OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN

[ 26 January 1980 ]

On this day in 1980, Margaret Thatcher wrote to Jimmy Carter informing him that Britain was “looking at a variety of possibilities for covert action,” meaning acts of illegal force or terrorism, against the government of Afghanistan and Soviet forces stationed there.

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