ADEN: Truce in the Desert

After the British retreated from Suez, it looked as if they could not hold out much longer at Aden, their hot and ugly colonial outpost at the other end of the Red Sea. In his medieval stronghold to the north, the Imam of Yemen was leagued with Arab nationalism's Hero Nasser in the United Arab States and spreading lavish gifts of money and rifles to persuade the Arabs of the Aden hinterland to join in driving the British "invaders" right off the peninsula.

Last year, to make a better buffer around Aden, the British set up a new federation of...

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