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the mujahidin in their цве; and.lastly. the establish- ment of reliable wireless communications between the variош groups of mujahidin in Cyrenaica and secretsupplydepots with- in Цурtian territory. For about а week. evening after evening. the Grand Sanusi. SidiMuhammad and 1held council оп what might ье done. Sidi Muhammad expressed the орiniоп that ап occasionalreinforc» ment of the mujahidin in Cyrenaica wou1d not solvethe problem. It was his belief that the oasis of Kufra. far to the south in the иьуап Desert. which had Ьееп the headquarters of the Saпшi Order under Sayyid Ahmad, should аgain ье made the focal point ofall futurewarfare: for Kufra wasstillbeyondthereach of ltaliao troops. It lау, шогеоуег, оп the direct (if very 1оng and difficu1t) еагатав route to the Egyptian оавеа of Вahriyya and Farafra, and therefore could ье more effectively provisiooed than anу other point in the country. It could also ье made а ral1ying сепие for thc manу thousands оС Cyrcnaican refugees who were 1iving in camps in Ет!' and thus fопn а steady rc- servoir о! manpower for Sidi Umar·s guerrilla forces in thc . я.оrth. Properly fortified and equipped with modcm weapons. Kufra could hold off macЫnе-guо ашсkз Ьу 10w-flying aircraft, whi1e bomЬin! from grea.t Ьари would not really endanger such а wide1y dispersed group of scttlcn1ents. Тhe Grand 5anшi suggested that if such а reorganizatioo of the strugsle were possible. Ье himsclf would return to Kufra to direct futurc operations from there. 1, for шу part, insisted that Сor the success of such а рlan it was imperative for Sayyid Ahmad to re-establishgood relatioDs with the British.whom Ье
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JlHAD 325 had so bitterly, and so unnecessari1y, antagonized Ьу his attack оп them in 1915. Such ап improvement ofrelations might not ье impossible, for Britain was not уету happy about Italy's ех- pansionist mood, especially now that Mussolini was trumpeting to all the world his intention of 're-establishing the Roman Ет- pire' оп both shores of the Mediterranean, and was· casting covetous glances оп Egypt as well. Му deep interest in the fate of the Sanusi was due not only to ту admiration of the extreme heroism in а righteous cause; what concemed те еуеп more.was the possible герегсцвзюп of а Sanusi victory оп the ЛrаЬ world as а Whole. Like so тапу other Muslims, 1 had for years pinned шу hQpes оп Ibn Saud as the potentialleader of ап Islamic revival; and now that these hopes had proved futi1e, 1 could see in the епцге Muslim world опlу one movement that gcnuinely strove for the fulfi1ment oft11e ideal of ап Islamic society: the Sanusi movement, now fighting а last-ditch battle for sUfvival. And it was because Sayyid Ahmad knew how intensely ту own епюцопз wcre involved with the Sanusi cause that Ье now tumed to те and, 100юпв straigьt into ту eyes, asked: 'Wouldst thou, О Muhammad, go to Cyrenaica оп ош behalf and find ош what could ье done for the mujahidin ? Perhaps thou \\ilt ье аЫе to see things \vith clearer eyes than ту реорlе сап ... ' 1 looked Ьаск at him and nodded, without а word. Although 1 was aware of
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