THE ARABS: New Alignments

Now that Nasser was promising to behave, and perhaps had to, the concern about Russian penetration of the Middle East turned to a second trouble spot: Syria. There, another Russian-backed Nasser has come to power: young, handsome bachelor Lieut. Colonel Abdel Hamid Serraj. From the moment Syria proclaimed martial law after the Anglo-French and Israeli invasions of Egypt, President Shukri el Kuwatly has been the virtual prisoner of the army, and Colonel Serraj has established himself as Syria's strongman. Nominally the army's chief of intelligence, Colonel Serraj last month personally planned the sabotage of the Iraq Petroleum Co.'s pipeline...

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