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Nasser's GambleHow Intervention in Yemen Caused the Six-Day War and the Decline of Egyptian Power$
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Jesse Ferris

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155142

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155142.001.0001

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The Road to War

The Road to War

(p.24) Chapter One The Road to War
Nasser's Gamble

Jesse Ferris

Princeton University Press

This chapter outlines the course of events from Syria's decision to secede from the United Arab Republic in September 1961 to Egypt's decision to intervene in the incipient civil war in Yemen exactly one year later. Sparked by humiliation at the Syrian secession, the intervention was the culmination of a decade of support for revolutionary movements on the Arabian Peninsula, which ultimately aimed at toppling the Saudi monarchy. The hastily made decision to send military forces to San‘ā’ was taken under the cloud of a power struggle within the Nasser regime, which carried serious consequences for military preparedness in June 1967.

Keywords:   Syria, United Arab Republic, Egypt, Yemen, civil war, Arabian peninsula, revolutionary movements, power struggle, Nasser regime

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