An Illustrated Account of the 1949 Coup That Plunged Syria Into Decades of Political Turmoil

Then, again.
Sept. 11 2013 7:47 AM

A Secret Plot in Syria

An illustrated account of the 1949 coup—possibly CIA-assisted—that plunged the country into decades of political turmoil.

The CIA recently admitted after more than 60 years that they were responsible for Iran’s coup in 1953. The following illustrated guide, which ran in Slate in 2012, tells the story of Syria’s coup, which occurred four years before Iran’s. This change of power set in motion decades of political turmoil that have led to Bashar al-Assad’s position as the current leader of the Syrian regime. The Obama administration is threatening military action against Assad after Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons, so here’s a look back at what was possibly the United States’ last attempt at regime change in Syria.


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