Middle East: Sheiks Under Siege


The 16 sultanates, sheikdoms and emirates that are joined with Aden in the Federation of South Arabia add up to an area of shifting sands, tribal fiefs, and steadily building trouble. A pair of powerful leftist terrorist organizations — the Front for the Liberation of Occupied South Yemen (F.L.O.S.Y.), which is backed by Nasser, and the home grown rebels of the National Liberation Front (N.L.F.) — have been jockeying for positions of power ever since Britain promised to give the federation its independence in January. With four months to go, the terrorists are operating with increasing urgency.


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