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Aden Protectorate

A.L.B.

Most urgent need : enquiry into organisation of security forces. M'while go fwd. with raising extra levies : immediate provn. of armoured cars. Para 7 of t. of r. w'draw (ii). F.O. are not keen on this. I was ready to wait while revolt in Yemen continued. But now it's clear tht. Imam is firmly in saddle & supporting rebels in Protectorate. And I want to give him some of his own medicine. Wish therefore to authorise Govr./Aden to submit plans for this. Also seek authy. for exp're as in para 10(i). These immediate steps are necessary to restore our damaged prestige.

R.A.B.

Accept recommn. in para 10, subject to normal financial consents. You can't deal with these activities from air, or in land-rovers. Need for armoured vehicles. This shd. be faced. Need is for prompt & vigorous action.

S.Ll.

Shd. refce. be made in Cab. pp. to counter-subversionary measures? Military side : short-term and long. The second needs more consideration. de L. Support C.O. proposals for measures other than military – wh. won't alone suffice. Don't send more U.K. troops. Air control is more economical.

C.A.S.

Short-term. My conclusion : Fort Rabat is besieged. 0rds of Rabizi have submitted to truce. But commando force of about 100 is v. active, well supplied, & threateng. morale of whole Protectorate. An operation is now being mounted v. this force w'in next few days. We need money to bribe people who cd. clean up these malcontents. Wd. be effective at this stage.

P.M.

In discns. on Canal, I suggd. tht. some armour might go fr. there to Aden. To think that 100 men with rifles can overset our whole Adminn. I distrust air control – doubt if it is effective. Hope there will be x/ early enquiry on spot by soldier & airman. Wd. prefer to have their report before addl. levies are raised. Propose that M/D. & A.L.B. go into long-term issues, consultg. with C.O.S. who will, I trust, adopt method at x/. Cd. operation be deferred m'while?

C.A.S.

No : for men in fort must be relieved.

P.M.

Money can be made available. "Bis dat".

C.A.S.

Only r. suitable type of armoured car = Ferret. These aren't available in area. There are some, less suitable, in Canal. Situation has changed because of organised opns. mounted from Yemen. We wd. now like armoured cars.

S.Ll.

1.150 Levies. Shd. be enough force, if properly used.

C.A.S.

Tho' they are v. tired – over-work.

P.M.

y| Shd. there not be some re-inforcemt., with appropte. armour, while addl. Levies are being raised?

C.A.S.

May I consult C.I.G.S. on that.

P.M.

Approve these proposals, but y/ shd. be considered. {Let M/D get on rapidly with long-term enquiry. {I will settle counter-subversionary moves with ALB & H.M. Memo. to be recalled.

S.Ll.

Repns. to Yemen?

R.

We are considering. Also considering asking King of Jordan to warn him he will get rough treatment.

S.Ll.

Iraq too. They wd. have more influence.

CAS.

Also a note?

Taken from C.M. 17(55) - Meeting held on 23 June 1955.