International: Broken Blue Sultan

Each time the French Foreign Legion nabs an important chieftain in the perpetual Berber rebellion in French Morocco, another springs up to take his place. Two of the greatest of these blue-cowled die-hards were the Brothers El Hiba and Merebbi Rebbo Mehammedan of the south, sometimes called "The Blue Sultan,"* sometimes "The Saint." Nabbed in 1917 by the French, El Hiba passed his baton on to Brother Merebbi. For 16 years Merebbi's home has been the wide Moroccan Desert and the passes of the Atlas Mountains. By day he has worn dust on...

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