Britain drew up secret plans to cut off the flow of the River Nile in 1956 to try to force Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser to give up the Suez Canal, according to official files published for the first time Friday.
Papers released under rules allowing sensitive documents to be made public after 50 years show military planners believed they could reduce the White Nile to a trickle, hitting agriculture and cutting communications.
The plan was presented to Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden just six weeks before British and French forces invaded Egypt in November 1956 in a catastrophic operation to seize the canal following its nationalization by Nasser.
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