Syria: Foiled Again

Generally speaking, Syria's soldiers are no great shakes at fighting. But they're a persistent lot when it comes to overthrowing the government at home. No fewer than ten attempted coups have taken place in 13 years. One group of officers has plotted steadily for more than two years. Led by Colonel Abdel Karim Nahlawi, 39, the military malcontents were in on the coup that severed Syria's union with Egypt. Last March, they tried to take over the government, but were packed off as military attachés in Syrian embassies abroad.

Last week the officers were up to their old tricks again....

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