Syria: In & Out

In Damascus last week, Nazem El-Koudsi, 56, was beginning to feel like a man trapped in a revolving door. As President of Syria, Koudsi was taken prisoner last month by army officers overthrowing his government, and hustled off to jail together with most of his Cabinet.

Then the soldiers began squabbling among themselves: the garrison at Aleppo briefly mutinied, demanding Syria's reunion with Nasser's Egypt; pro-Nasser mobs in Horns, Hama and Aleppo killed a score of army men; a handful of officers accused of political ambitions were shipped off to exile abroad....

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