The Renegade Militia Major

The negotiations on the withdrawal of foreign troops from Lebanon hinged to a large degree on a former Lebanese army major who was dishonorably discharged four years ago for desertion. The commander of a largely Christian militia in southern Lebanon, variously estimated at 1,000 to 2,000 men. Major Saad Haddad, 45, has controlled a ten-mile-wide strip along the Israeli border since 1978. He has provided a foothold in Lebanon for Israel, which has not only trained and equipped his forces but also paid him $12,000 a year to keep the territory free of Palestinian guerrillas seeking to attack Israel.

Haddad calls...

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