End of the 22nd Ceasefire

April 1976
National Review;4/16/1976, Vol. 28 Issue 13, p378
This article comments on the involvement of the Syrian government to end the civil war in Lebanon. The collapse of the Beirut Holiday Inn symbolizes the year-long civil war in Lebanon. The Holiday Inn was the most visible symbol of Western influence in Beirut. In mid-January 1976, Syria begun its intervention by imposing the 22nd ceasefire and by forcing the factions to negotiate. During the ceasefire period, Ahmed Khatib, supported by the Libyans and Iraqis, organized a Lebanese Arab Army (LAA) out of deserters from the regular army. Nearly half the army joined the LAA, where the higher-ranking officers threatened a coup. Lebanese President Suleiman Franjieh was on the point of resigning when the Syrians discouraged him.


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