The World: On the Road from Damascus

Both TIME'S Middle East Correspondent Wilton Wynn and Athens Reporter Dean Brelis were with the Syrian forces as they drove toward Beirut last week. Excerpts from their eyewitness accounts:

The town of Sofar, 45 minutes' driving time from Beirut in the cool Lebanon mountains, has long been a favorite summer resort, both for wealthy Lebanese and Arabs from neighboring lands. It was there last week that the advancing Syrians met their first real resistance. On Tuesday, reports Wynn, the town was battle-scarred. Along the Beirut-Damascus highway, corrugated shutters of shop after shop were...

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