MUSCAT & OMAN: R.A.F. to the Rescue

British Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd faced the House of Commons with an air at once portentous and embarrassed: for the second time in a year British armed forces were on the shooting move in the Middle East. At the request of the Sultan of Muscat and Oman, he said. British forces were being called upon to help put down a revolt in the desert.

As two companies of Cameron Highlanders were airlifted from Kenya to Persian Gulf bases, two British frigates slipped into the Sultan's coastal waters and four R.A.F. jet fighters roared up...

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