Robert Tuttle

Robert Tuttle is a freelance writer currently residing in New York. He has lived for seven years in Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt.

Recent Articles

Syria Finale

In 1976, the Syrian army rolled into Lebanon to quash what was then a yearlong civil war. Now, 29 years later, the Syrians say they will roll the last of their army and intelligence personnel out of Lebanon by April 26. “It's a categorical total withdrawal,” says Imad Moustapha, Syria's ambassador to the United States. “We are not leaving a single Syrian soldier in Lebanon.” The decision to withdraw from Lebanon came after strong international pressure was placed on Syria following the February 14 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The killing sparked anti-Syrian protests in the streets of Beirut. During their presence, the Syrians became the dominant political force in Lebanon. Working behind the scenes, they determined the composition of successive postwar Lebanese governments; selected three presidents; settled disputes between squabbling political leaders; and provided material and political support to Hezbollah and other armed groups fighting Israel's...