The Improbable Warlord

He is an unlikely leader for a band of bearded, wild-shooting, anti- American militiamen. Nabih Berri, 46, is invariably clean-shaven and speaks softly in the precise phrases of the lawyer he was trained to be. He regularly visits a former wife and six children, who live in Dearborn, Mich. He carries a green card entitling him to permanent residency in the U.S., apparently to allow him to visit his American family freely. In Beirut he has often attended the private get-togethers held by U.S. Ambassador Reginald Bartholomew for Lebanese factional leaders.

But does all that make Berri, leader of the Shi'ite...

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