Military operations in central Oman

FO 1016/628 1958

This file contains correspondence relating to:

  • The psychological warfare and shelling by medium-range guns against the Bani Riyam and Taleb Bin Ali Al Hina'i's mine-laying operations against British and Muscati forces
  • An account of the unofficial coordination committee meeting at Nizwa on 6 March 1958
  • The assessment of aerial photographs for damage caused by the shelling of Jebel Akhdar
  • The deployment of Trucial Oman Scouts' (TOS) vehicles to provide protection to convoys against the ambushes and mine-laying operations of partisans of the Imam of Oman
  • A rumour about the possible invasion of Oman by Saudi Arabia in Ramadan or Eid Al Fitr
  • The rejection of the authority of Sheikh Sulaiman Bin Himyar Al Nabhani in Nizwa and Alila through letters addressed to the Minister of Interior Sayyed Ahmad Bin Ibrahim
  • The loan of Royal Marines officers to lead Muscat Armed Forces on patrols and ambushes
  • The Sultan of Muscat Saeed Bin Taimur's offer to spare the life of Sulaiman Bin Himyar, and offer to pardon Imam Ghalib Bin Ali Al Hina'i and his brother if Sulaiman is eliminated
  • The planning of the month-long Operation Kilsyth, commencing in early April or May 1958 and the possibility of strong political opposition against the backdrop of the Franco-Tunisian dispute and the conflict between the United Arab Republic (UAR) and the Arab Federation
  • The concerns of Petroleum Development (Oman) Limited about current security conditions
  • The minutes of the Fourth Meeting of the Military Co-ordination Committee (Persian Gulf)
  • The deployment of the Imam's partisans to wadis and villages at the base of Jebel Akhdar requiring adjustments in the planning of Operation Kilsyth in line with current circumstances
  • The death of Captain P B Chambers of TOS while on patrol in northern Oman near Izki
  • An article titled 'Sultan hunts the Terrible Three' published in the Daily Mail, 19 March 1958
  • The minutes of the Fifth Meeting of the Military Coordination Committee (Persian Gulf)
  • The two leaflets printed in the name of Ahmad Bin Ibrahim, promising amnesty to the Bani Riyam and offering a reward to those possessing information on the whereabouts of the rebel leaders
  • The first interrogation of Yahya Bin Ghusayn Al Hina'i conducted by Major R J Isaacs
  • 'Air Action against Rebel Held Positions on Kamah Route up Jebel Akhdar on 15-16 April 1958'.