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June 23, 1991 | JAMES FLANIGAN
This country, the Syria of President Hafez Assad, is the one that other Middle Easterners point to as the next threat in the region, now that Iraq's military menace has been reduced. Syria has armed forces 400,000 strong, with another 400,000 in reserve. But with the cost of maintaining that army starving the rest of its economy for investment, Syria threatens itself more than anybody else.
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June 23, 1991 | JAMES FLANIGAN
This country, the Syria of President Hafez Assad, is the one that other Middle Easterners point to as the next threat in the region, now that Iraq's military menace has been reduced. Syria has armed forces 400,000 strong, with another 400,000 in reserve. But with the cost of maintaining that army starving the rest of its economy for investment, Syria threatens itself more than anybody else.
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