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21 JULY

DOUGLAS-HOME LIES ABOUT BRITISH BACKED TERROR OPERATIONS IN YEMEN.

21 July 1964 – British prime minister Alec Douglas-Home assured the House of Commons that “our policy is one of non-involvement in the civil war in the Yemen.” As historians Richard J. Aldrich and Rory Cormac observe, “this was simply not true.”(1)

The British government was undertaking extensive covert operations against Egyptian troops backing a Republican government in North Yemen.  London viewed the adherence of Nasser’s Egypt to a path of development independent of the West as a dangerous precedent, and did not want to see other Arab countries fall under his influence or control.

Accordingly, Britain initiated terror operations which included arming local tribes, mine-laying and sabotage. By March 1964, Britain was already providing regular air drops of weapons including thousands of rifles, ammunition and anti-tank mines in attempt to force regime change.(2)

FOOTNOTES

  1. Hansard 21 July 1964 accessed online at https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1964/jul/21/yemen
  2. Richard J. Aldrich and Rory Cormac (2017), “The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers,” William Collins, London p250-251.

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