HOME / History : Then, again. A Secret Plot in Syria An illustrated account of the 1949 coup—possibly CIA-assisted—that plunged the country into decades of political turmoil. By Andy Warner|Posted Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 7:45 AM Tweet Tweet MYSLATE Save this story. Follow all History articles. Follow the News and Politics section. Follow stories by Andy Warner. MySlate is a new tool that lets you track your favorite parts of Slate. You can follow authors and sections, track comment threads you're interested in, and more. SLATE'S MOST VIRAL Rule No. 1 for Female Academics: Don’t Have a Baby How Can You Survive in an Air Bubble 100 Feet Underwater for Three Days? Wu-Tang’s GZA Teaches Kids Science With Least-Lame Classroom Rap Ever Andy Warner is a cartoonist living in Vermont. Click here to load comments.