LEBANON: Closing the Ring

After 18 months of bloodshed, Lebanon's civil war once again seems to be nearing its bloody end. Under a rain of artillery shells and rockets, 20,000 Syrian troops led by heavy armored units are bludgeoning the main force of Moslem leftists and their Palestinian allies into submission. .

In some of the heaviest righting of the war, the Syrian troops that originally arrived on a "peacekeeping" mission punched their way down the mountainous Damascus-Beirut highway last week to the outskirts of the Lebanese capital. Twenty-five miles to the south, Syrian armor drove to within range...

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