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    Default Counterinsurgency Strategy in the Dhofar Rebellion

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    Counterinsurgency Strategy in the Dhofar Rebellion

    This is a Journal article by Captain Alexander Schade, submitted forthe Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest.
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    Default Iran's miltary role in Dhofar

    In the latest British Journal of Military History Geraint Hughes (a familiar name on this thread) has a new article Amateurs Who Play in League Division One’? Anglo- Iranian Military Relations During the Dhofar War in Oman

    It is 21 pgs. and has numerous references to pursue.

    Are there lessons to be learnt, the author argues there are.
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    Default Proxy guerillas across the border in Yemen

    An overview of this war by a Malaysian author. It is quite interesting as a commentary on fighting similar wars today.

    What was a surprise was this passage, which I have never seen referenced before:
    The SAF also sought to subvert PDRY support for the rebels by sponsoring proxy guerillas in the desert region on the Yemeni-Omani border. In early 1969, Britain’s MI6 intelligence service managed to persuade the nomadic Mahra tribe, which inhabited the region, to launch an anti-communist revolt to disrupt PFLOAG supply lines. The Mahra, combining nomadic raiding skills with British supplied modern arms and Land Rovers, attacked the forts that the PFLOAG depended on for their supply lines. The Mahra did extensive damage in the enemy’s rear and relieved pressure on the SAF. By 1972 the Mahra were being led by SAS personnel, and kept an estimated four PDRY battalions occupied by the end of the war.
    The author cites as his source Marc DeVore, The United Kingdom’s Last Hot War, 455-456, in the journal Small Wars & Insurgencies , which I read and posted a summary in Post 24, in 2015 and missed this.

    Link:https://thestrategybridge.org/the-br...ized-conflicts

    Update: DeVore was referring to two sets of sets of private papers in the footnotes, which have now been id'd.
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    Iíve long considered this rebellion most relevant to courses of action to defeat the TB in AFG. Alas, Pakistanís proximity and degree of support tilts the situation.

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    Default Dhofar and Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by jcustis View Post
    Iíve long considered this rebellion most relevant to courses of action to defeat the TB in AFG. Alas, Pakistanís proximity and degree of support tilts the situation.
    Jon,

    There is now ample writing that the Omani Sultan remained in charge, with initially UK support and then a wider coalition. One must wonder is the GIRoA in the same position today. Or is there an Afghan consensus to cease the war, which IMHO is no longer going to include defeating the Taliban?
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    The realist in me says that “defeat” is no longer in the cards.
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    Default Update

    In an old Post No.28 in 2015 I referred to a new documentary being made available for payment. I missed looking at their website till today (due to a post in another, new thread).
    Link:http://mysecretwardhofar.blogspot.com/

    The website has five short clips and their YouTube arena has more.
    Link:https://www.youtube.com/user/OperationOman

    Note YouTube has nine hundred hits on Dhofar War!

    Finally cross-border raiding is mentioned in part of the website; it involves Nick Downie, who was ex-SAS and on contract to Oman. Here is a quote:
    By that time I was a contract officer in SAF, charged with fomenting insurrection among the tribes of S Yemen. I commanded a unit of Yemeni exiles (bedouin) and we lived on the edge of the Empty Quarter. On one raid, we captured a substantial fort, 80 miles across the border. After the garrison surrendered, I filmed a bit of the action, before blowing it up with 1,100 lb of gelignite. This was three times more than was necessary. The fort literally vanished.
    Link:http://mysecretwardhofar.blogspot.co...-for-nick.html
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