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'File 8/39 A. S. L. O.'s [Air Staff Liaison Officer] Reports' [‎64r] (127/416)

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The record is made up of 1 file (206 folios). It was created in 6 Aug 1946-Jan 1949. 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.


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(ii) V^it of Po.kiat. .n N-wd VqmSuI. On the 20th ihi-hPd.'‘G-od'iva.ri",
Comic.nder A^iicis iid, R»P.*N .»5 urrivod ~n -C.-nrein «..nd Xoi. t on O e 23rd*
(i) on the 3rd a public meeting ivas held in Manama to raieo funds tc
assist Palestine Arabs to retain land that would otherwise be bought up
by Jews, Sheihh Abdulla bln Isa A1 Khulifan, uncle of His Highness,
p ip si do 1;
r.s unable
the next day to explain what the mooting was
all about. The mee-'.-ug .vau ' ^dly organised but orderly. No violent ^
speeches were rrade and speakers were careful to distinguion between Jews
and Zionists. Mob; ;aed Ishaq, an Indian employee of the Bahrein Petro
leum Company, made a speech in Urdu which was ^aidly applauded, though
few of the audi; ice understood it. a total of Rs.66,000 was promised by
those present, out it is uncertain how much oi ohis will be collected*
(ii) On the 30 th His Hi Janes s the Sheikh of Bahrein called on the
political A 0 ent at the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , ho discussed Palestine and Ibn S<..ud
and his reim-rks on both subjects could oecn, and were meant to oc
applied to his own dispute with Qatar and with its Ruler.
Gulf Air Communications.
The 1 Iraq Government hive now removed their restrictions on air
passengers and others entering 'Iraq,
(ii' As a result of heavy ruins on various parts of the Trucial Coas)
on the 1.8th the Oh -r j.-h aerodrome w s waterlogged and rendered unsuitaej
for the 1- .ndin (J of aircraft for a whole week*
(i) M. Joan do Kuohu .ki .nd Hr. John Pixton, employees of a Britl
film Company who have been in Riyadh for two months filmi.n^ Aing • * Ibn
gaud, called on 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. on tne 30 th. Tneir film is not o
in colour as there .arc, they state, only two machines which ^ake colour
films in G-roat Britain- They suffered opposition from tne baudi oriicia.
(±1) The Bahrein Petroleum Company have discovered that the water fro
tht> wolla which they •.-.•ore u3in 0 ■" t aitrr. is of insufficient quanti y
ard inadequate quality for their operations. They propose to inatal
3 now wells .and pumpins facilities at Halat in the douth-Eastorn corner
of Manama, and to make a now pipeline, power lino, telephone line, .n
loL Their scheme is being studied by the Aihrein Govormom to ensur,
that the water resources of the local population will not .>e a vorsoly
(iii) Mr. Henry C. .fynant has ‘.Ir ady boujit U.o. /20,000 worth of
pearls, and expects to spend up to U.S. /200,000 here on pearls ails
(W) -r ir . --.f. Jackson of the Petroleum Development (True! ■! Coast) Lt
has been nogotiatin^ . , th the Chiefs of the Win and Al Bu Sn^is |.r
permission for his Company's survey parry to work in cie ^gcAod.
and in Al 3u Shuds territory. So far, per mission has not Uon secured
V' A Vi
The Survey Party are still m-km, in dbu Dhabi teiv-i-cory ^.nd ^
oved to a nea emp sire at Al Ilarfa, aoouc o7 miles ..Ion,, eae co.,s

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The file contains the monthly intelligence reports of the Air Staff Liaison Officer in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , based in Bahrain, for the period July 1946 to January 1949. The reports were distributed to several military and political offices in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. region, including the Bahrain Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. . Each report, marked secret, consists of several sections relating to geographic area, as follows: Bahrain and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. (including Saudi Arabia, Persia [Iran], and Qatar), Kuwait, and Muscat. Within each section is summarised intelligence on the following matters:

  • shipping and air traffic;
  • local news and tribal affairs;
  • trade and industry;
  • banking;
  • the supply of electricity, water, and postal and medical services;
  • the activities of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy;
  • the operations of oil companies and other private entities;
  • smuggling and slavery;
  • anti-locust operations;
  • weather and meteorological data.

Many reports also include a list of exchange rates and local prices.

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1 file (206 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 208; 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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