SYRIA: False Beards & Fabrications

The night after Syrian army leaders came home from Moscow with a promise of $100 million in arms, the Syrian army intelligence service broadcast a fantastic "communique" from Damascus. "O people!" it said, "a mean imperialist plot" has just been discovered. At least three members of the U.S. embassy staff in Syria were said to be involved. "At the helm of the conspiracy," said the Damascus radio, was Second Secretary Howard Stone, "a most skillful expert" who had "hatched" plots before in the Sudan, Iran, Guatemala. Only the day before, said the communique, "this Stone" had set up meetings...

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