1960-1969 | Instigating coups | United Arab Emirates

24 JUNE

VALLEY OF VILLAGES AND CROPS BURNED IN WAZIRISTAN

[ 24 June 1917 ]

On 24 June 1917, a punitive  military expedition began to burn the villages and crops of the Mahsud people in the Khaisara Valley on the North West Frontier.

THE BRITISH STAGE A COUP IN SHARJAH

The sheikh’s portrait in the 1963 postage stamp (left) is crossed out in 1965 versions. ( Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.)

[ 24 June 1965 ]

Today in 1965, the British government orchestrated a coup in the emirate of Sharjah, which later became part of the United Arab Emirates, to remove its ruler, Sheikh Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi,. He was considered to have too great an interest in independent development. He had even allowed the Arab League to have a role in the small kingdom’s decision making, at the expense of London’s influence and control.1

MINISTERS AND MPS LEARN OF HAROLD WILSON’S SECRET H-BOMB TEST

[ 24 June 1974 ]

On 24 June 1974, Prime Minister Harold Wilson made a statement in the House on Britain’s nuclear deterrent. The previous year, the Labour Party Conference had voted by a clear majority to close down all  nuclear bases in the United Kingdom and many Labour MPs had taken their seats ready to denounce any proposal for a new test.  

FOOTNOTE

  1. Rory Cormac, Disrupt and Deny: Spies, Special Forces, and the Secret Pursuit of British Foreign Policy, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2018, p. 188.

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