National Geographic : 1957 Feb
238 +Desert Patrol Slips By the Silent Walls of Ataq Lawlessness stalked the Aden country until the 1950's, when British influence calmed most of the tribes. Even today far-flung forts and encampments like Ataq's must be vigilant to keep the peace. In remote places tribes of surprising ferocity still at tempt to settle old scores by raid and ambush. A Rutted Track Cuts + Through "Murder Valley" This brown and melancholy wasteland seems lifeless; yet should a traveler stop, nomads would almost surely appear from nowhere within minutes. Armored cars and jeeplike Landrovers whip up dust as the patrol convoy leaves the Wadi Yeshbum and approaches a gravel plain known as the Jau Khudaif. A solitary fort squats atop the dark hump at right. Such re treats, common throughout the Protectorate, were essential in the violent days when the valley earned its "Murder" nickname.