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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎58r] (115/206)

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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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Ras al Khaimah, proceeded with a force of over 100 men
to Hail but as he arrived there he found that Sultan bin
Salim had left his house and taken refuge in a neighbour
ing house. The house was immediately encircled but Sultan
who showed all sign of submission and cried for mercy was
allowed to leave unharmed. All his belongings such as his
car and arms were returned to him. He proceeded to Khatt
and Adhan and after a halt of one night in the latter vil
lage he left for Dubai.
at Has al Khaimah the official recognition of His Majesty’s
Government of Shaikh Saqr bin Muhammad as Ruler of Ras al
Khaimah. The announcement was made in the presence of
various minor Shaikhs and notables of the town.
(vii) KALBA .
nephew of the Regent of Kalba, with a force of 40 armed men
and with the help of the Secretary of the Shaikh of Fujairah
entered Khor Fakkan and re-established his authority over
it. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmad, the Regent, went to Khor
Fakkan shortly afterwards and both of them are now there.
.One man was killed and three others wounded. Ali bin
Abdullah, Chief of the Naqbiyeen tribe, escaped to Sharjah
as he was in his village Luliyah when Humai.d took over
Khor Fakkan, and Ahmad bin Hasan, the head notable of Khor
Fakkan, who was slightly injured, also came to Sharjah.
The nephew of the Regent extorted about Rs.13,400/- from
some of the inhabitants of Khor Fakkan and is reported to
be buying arms and ammunition with this money.
There is now therefore no question at the moment
of the recognition of Humaid bin Mohammed as Regent of Kalba.
168. ♦ COMMUNISM 1 . 1
On the 8th the Bahrain Petroleum Company informed
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. that Syed Hassin Siddik, an Adenese, who
was reported to have made ’’inflammatoyy” and ’’communistic”
speeches to the other Adenese employees of the Arabian
American Oil Company at Dhahran, was believed to have left
for Bahrain the day previous by a country boat in order to
avoid deportation by the Arabian American Oil Company. The
Bahrain Government was asked to make enquiries. They in
formed 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. that Siddik arrived in Bahrain
in the dompany of other Aramco workers, that he possessed
a proper passport, that he consorted chiefly with members
of the small Adenese community in Bahrain, and that he made
no local contacts or speeches before leaving for Saudi Arabia
on the 11th July.
Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. arrived at Bahrain.
On the 18th July 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. announced
On the 4th July Shaikh Humaid bin Abdullah,
He has since been deported to Aden by ’plane.
169. UNITED STATES NAVY.
On the 29th U.S.S. ’’Greenwich Bay”, Captain
Butts, which is making a round-the-world cruise via the
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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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