Intelligence and Revolt ii

Thomas Martin

in Empires of Intelligence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251175
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933743 | DOI:
Intelligence and Revolt ii

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Intelligence providers were in the forefront of Britain's efforts to contain the widespread disorder in Arab territories after World War I. Rebellion in the French Empire gestated longer, but was even more severe. This chapter examines France's security services' response to postwar popular revolts in the two most volatile territories of France's Arab empire: the protectorate of Morocco and the Syria mandate. To be precise, it considers the activities of military intelligence bureaus—the Service de Renseignements (SR) and its subbranch, the native affairs service—in the origins, escalation, and suppression of the Rif War and the Syrian revolt. The first of these conflicts, a war of independence fought by Berber clan groups in northern Morocco, began as a struggle to end Spanish occupation of the narrow coastal strip of territory designated a protectorate of Spain under the Act of Algeciras in 1906.

Keywords: Britain; France; security service; Morocco; Syria; Service de Renseignements; native affairs service; Rif War; Berber clan; Spain

Chapter.  12087 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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