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The 'preferred plan': the Anglo-American Working Group report on covert action in Syria, 1957

Jones, Matthew (2004) The 'preferred plan': the Anglo-American Working Group report on covert action in Syria, 1957. Intelligence and National Security, 19 (3). pp. 401-415. ISSN 0268-4527

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Identification Number: 10.1080/0268452042000316214


Taking as its central focus the contents of the September 1957 Anglo-American Working Group Report on Syria, this article examines the background to the covert action plans that were drawn up to topple the incumbent regime in Damascus. By drawing on the contents of the report, it shows how US and British officials hoped to stir up unrest within Syria and instigate border incidents that would provide a pretext for armed intervention by the pro-Western governments of Iraq and Jordan (with possible Turkish support). The article also brings to light the fact that the 'elimination' of named Syrian figures was included as a recommendation in the report. The article concludes by explaining why the report's so-called 'Preferred Plan' was never implemented and reflects on the 'special political action' culture that still prevailed in SIS during the latter 1950s.

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Additional Information: © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Divisions: International History
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International History
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2014 14:25
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 03:09

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