A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 29, 1973

From the moment the sirens first signaled the outbreak of the Arab-Israeli war, TIME correspondents have been ranging far across the Middle East, covering military action and political maneuvering in the warring nations both for our regular stories and for this week's special section. Correspondent William Marmon drove from Jerusalem to the Sinai Peninsula and sent eyewitness reports of the fighting from an Israeli position less than five miles from the Suez Canal. He returned to Jerusalem at night, "riding in darkness for hours because of the danger of air attacks." As a result of the blackout, there were such terrible...

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