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File 2182/1913 Pt 9 'Arabia Policy towards Bin Saud' [‎55r] (107/406)

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The record is made up of 1 item (203 folios). It was created in 27 Dec 1918-2 Jun 1919. 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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i’rom:- Khalid ibn tansur.
K.'c.i!^ Kfc\s.i in 81 FaiBal al
and Jubail *and*dependencie 1 ° f KaJd - H « 9 “.
Dated:-^oth Safer 1337 (5-19-18).
1 send you to-day this my letter hoping that it win
find you in sound health. I have already se „t you letters
of intelligence, v*ich T suppose, contained sufficient reports.
Sut I have to inform your honour now that Shakir, all
ths Shalaw, the Buqum, and the people of Hijas are preparing
for an attack against us. Ibn Thamir has already encamped
near our village. We engaged him for seven days. 0 n the
seventh day we encountered them. O od helped us against then.
#e have, as a resnUr, taken all their properties as booty,
with the exception of their camels, which escaped and movld
away to the west. They had a machine-gun, but, in spite of it
W6 J£illad fr0m them al30ut 80 Psrsons. These were the notables
of Thirbah. we pursued them to a far distance. They fired on
us irom a far range and opened their guns on us but have not
killed but four of us,
on, news came to the effect that another force,
equipped with full rations and two puns, was coping out to
engage us. We fought against them. Backed by God as we were,
we defeated them and captured their two guns. They had 10
casualties, while we suffered three only. we are presently
* People 01 furbah are now negotiating with us and
I hope before long that they will join us. This is due to
your influence, fcr you (Amir »Abdul »Aziz ibn Sa»ud), know
how to attract people. -ere it not for your influence no
Sharif would have been known to the public. People often say
"lb Sa*ud did not send a punitive expedition against the
people of Khurmah"*

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Part 9 primarily concerns the dispute between Bin Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] and King Hussein of Hejaz [Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī, King of Hejaz], and British policy towards both. The item includes the following:

  • a note by 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. 's Political Department, entitled 'Arabia: The Nejd-Hejaz Feud', which laments the fact that relations between Bin Saud and King Hussein have to some extent been reflected in the views of the two administrations with which they have respectively been brought into contact (i.e. the sphere of Mesopotamia and the Government of India in Bin Saud's case, and the Cairo administration in King Hussein's case);
  • reports on the presence of Akhwan [Ikhwan] forces in Khurma and debate as to which ruler has the stronger claim to it;
  • attempts by the British to ascertain whether or not a treaty exists between King Hussein and Bin Saud;
  • a copy of a report by Harry St John Bridger Philby entitled 'Report on Najd Mission 1917-1918', which includes as appendices a précis of British relations with Bin Saud and a copy of the 1915 treaty between Bin Saud and the British government;
  • reports of alleged correspondence between Bin Saud and Fakhri Pasha, Commander of the Turkish [Ottoman] forces at Medina;
  • reports of the surrender of Medina by Ottoman forces;
  • discussion as to whether Britain should intervene further in the dispute between Bin Saud and King Hussein;
  • details of the proposals discussed at an inter-departmental conference on Middle Eastern affairs, which was held at Cairo in February 1919;
  • reports that King Hussein's son Abdulla [ʿAbdullāh bin al-Ḥusayn] and his forces have been attacked at Tarabah [Turabah] by Akhwan forces and driven out.

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