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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎14r] (27/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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/37
BAHRAIN INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY FOR PERIOD
1ST TO 15TH FEBRUARY 1948.
33. MOVEMENTS OF OFFICIALS .
(i) Reference paragraph 15(iv) of intelligence/
Summary No.3.
, , , On the 31st January the.Polltical Agent left
Sharjah in the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. launch and arrived at Bahrain on
the 3rd.
(ii) On the 3rd Lt-Col. MOODY, ex-I.M.S., the new
Medical Adviser to the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , arrived in
Bahrain by air from the United Kingdom.
34. CALLS .
On the 5th the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. called on His
Highness Shaikh SALMAN at Rafa , .
35. PERSIA & BAHRAIN .
— v
(i) Reference paragraph 19 of Intelligence
Summary No.3.
The ''Union of Youth" of Bahrain has sent a
telegram to Reuters expressing the resentment of the
people of Bahrain at the appointment of ABDULLAH AZ ZAIRAN
to negotiate with Iran on the Bahrain question.
/ \
ABDULLAH AZ ZAIRAH is at present - writing a
series of articles for the Teheran newsuaper "Iran-i-Ma"
in which h,e endeavours to show that it is the wish of the
people of Bahrain to be reunited to Persia and that the
weanness of the Rulers of Bahrain has allowed it to become
a British dominion. In the same articles he refers to the
"underground" party which he claims to be the "UUDEH" of
Bahrain.
(ii) It is reported that the Teheran radio recently
announced that there is a desine in Persia to get rid of the
American Military Mission preparatory to getting an army
read/ to invade Bahrain the formation of which a Swiss
military mission should be employed to help.
36 • RAS AL XHAIMAH .
The Political Officer, Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , reports
that SAQR BIN MOHD. BIN SALIM, third nephew of Shaikh
SULTAN BIN SALIM, Ruler of Ras al Khaimah, has seized the
town of Ras al Khaimah with the consent of the townsmen and
of the Khawatir tribe during the absence of the Ruler in
Dubai. There has been no bloodshed and the town is quiet.
SAQR BIN MOHAMMED arrested the sons of the Ruler, but later
released them and sent them and their families to Sharjah.
At the instance of the Ruler of Ras al Khaimah the Ruler of
Sharjah visited Ras al Khaimah but was unable to effect a
restoration of the status quo ante. SAQR BIN MOHAMMED has
now asked the Political Officer, Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , for recogni
tion of himself as Ruler of Ras al Khaimah.

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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