The World: Arabs v. Communists: Thanks But No Thanks

CAIRO is Moscow's foremost client in the Middle East. Yet during the brief period two weeks ago when it looked as if the Sudan might fall under the control of a pro-Communist regime, Egypt's leaders moved swiftly to prevent that from happening. They airlifted some 2,000 Sudanese troops from positions along the Suez Canal to Khartoum to ensure the success of General Numeiry's countercoup, flying them there in Soviet-supplied Antonov transports. According to a Cabinet Minister from neighboring Libya, both Egypt and Libya were preparing to intervene if the countercoup failed.

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