How Assad Family Lobbies
At odds with president Jacques Chirac, the family of Syrian [...]
The abortive assault on Sept. 12 against the American embassy in Damascus was probably mounted by Syria's secret service.
The Israeli military's setback in its fight against Hezbollah in south Lebanon in recent weeks was primarily a failure of its intelligence agencies; and it was also the victory of a defensive guerilla force organized along North Korean lines.
Syria is going to withdraw its intelligence services from Lebanon but the secret networks of gen. Assef Shawkat, powerful brother-in-law of the president, will thrive there.