Storm Front

This account of events in Oman four decades ago is a reminder of a time when one of this country's close neighbours found itself in the grip of a communist revolt. Largely underdeveloped under Sultan Said bin Taimur, Oman had been racked by uprisings since 1962. Bolstered by the Chinese, the insurgency escalated until, in July 1970, the British sponsored a palace coup and installed Said's progressive, Sandhurst-educated son, Qaboos bin Said.

It was almost too little, too late.

At the heart of a book that deals in fascinating detail with the dangerous ideological currents that were swirling around the region is Rowland White's stirring account of the bloody and legendary Battle of Mirbat.

On July 19, 1972, nine SAS soldiers fought off 300 rebels in a heroic action that cost the lives of two of the troopers, gave the regiment one of its proudest battle honours and broke the back of the rebellion, leading to the stabilisation of Oman and the region. This is, without doubt, fascinating account of one of Britain's "small wars" with a big outcome.

The Secret Kingdom

Director: Matt Drummond

Stars: Alyla Browne, Alice Parkinson, Sam Everingham

Rating: 3/5


Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

Men’s singles 
Group A:
Son Wan-ho (Kor), Lee Chong Wei (Mas), Ng Long Angus (HK), Chen Long (Chn)
Group B: Kidambi Srikanth (Ind), Shi Yugi (Chn), Chou Tien Chen (Tpe), Viktor Axelsen (Den)

Women’s Singles 
Group A:
Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn), Pusarla Sindhu (Ind), Sayaka Sato (Jpn), He Bingjiao (Chn)
Group B: Tai Tzu Ying (Tpe), Sung Hi-hyun (Kor), Ratchanok Intanon (Tha), Chen Yufei (Chn)

The biog

Prefers vegetables and fish to meat and would choose salad over pizza

Walks daily as part of regular exercise routine 

France is her favourite country to visit

Has written books and manuals on women’s education, first aid and health for the family

Family: Husband, three sons and a daughter

Fathiya Nadhari's instructions to her children was to give back to the country

The children worked as young volunteers in social, education and health campaigns

Her motto is to never stop working for the country

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