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November 9, 2016
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December 10, 1998
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January 14, 1947
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Approved For Release 1999/09/08 : CIA-RDP82-00457R000200570003-8 CENTRAL i TPELL CE ]GE G 25X1A2g 25X1X6 The First Secretary of the British Legation in Damascus, G.A.F. Duxs, is said to have made the following stateuents concerning the above mentioned story. (a) Colonel Sterling had left Irna with a British civil engineer, in order to act as guide during a trip to study irrigation proposals. The two men had gone east from Hama and then north, almost as far as Rusafa. The aim of the trip was purely coxr rcial, and concerned the development of desert land by irrigation. (b) Shortly thereafter, the Harrca newspaper al Duha came out vdath scare headlines, accusing Sterl:tg of s' rr ng-. up tribal affairs. Subsequently, Solod saw Satdailah al-Jaabri, produced a copy of al-Duha,, and asked a1-.Jabr1 if he had read the article, if the s a events made in it were correct, and demanded an explanation. 41-Jabri later saw Colonel Sterling, as reported in paragraph 1, and Sterling told him the story of the irrigation study trip. Al-Jabri told this to Solod, who refused to accept Starling's explanation. 6. When Dundas was told that Solod. hsid written a lottea' to the Foreign Office in protest of the irnc ydant, be said that he % as inclined to doubt it. 70 Dundas said that he thought trio tronabie had bo ; n acrlier, during the events accompanying the arrest of Suiayman 11urshid (September 1946) in Latakia. At this tine, Dundas pointed out, there was no prohibition against foreigners going to the Alawite province. Solod had mentioned to al-Jabri that he intondod to take a trip to Latakia , and al-Jabri had i3mrediately forbidden hire to go, in view of the cirearns takes 0 Solod ? us indignant, as a consequence., and was at present for opportunities to charge discrimination., ,c-cording to Ihindas, It was this c'; rcui ist -sec;, hanc1as thought, that had led the Syrian goveri ,cent to escape from iarrassment by passinc, the docree Which closed the northern areas to foreigners, Approved For Release 1999/09/08 : CIA-RDP82-00457R000200570003-8