SYRIA: Trouble in the Jungle

The one Arab state which has been most faithfully in Nasser's corner, and has gone perhaps even further than Egypt to accept Russian help and direction, is Syria. For about a year 31-year-old Lieut. Colonel Abdel Hamid Serraj, Nasser-admiring chief of Syria's military intelligence service, has been next thing to king of the beasts in the Syrian political jungle. Last week, angered by his increasing inroads on their hunting preserves, and perhaps even a little disturbed by Russian influence, some of the older inhabitants of the jungle tried to run Serraj out.

Their decision to subdue Serraj dates from the Cairo...

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