BEIRUT - Lebanese authorities say they have uncovered a Syrian
plot to destabilize Lebanon in an investigation that has led to the indictment
of a top Syrian official and compounded fears that Damascus aims to export its
civil conflict next door.
The indictments issued in Beirut against two
Syrian officers, including General Ali Mamlouk, mark an unprecedented Lebanese
move against a more powerful neighbor that has been a major player in the
country's affairs for decades.
If confirmed, the alleged plot drawn up in
collaboration with a former Lebanese minister to ignite sectarian strife in
Lebanon would represent a major blow to Syria's Lebanese allies, including