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Posted by Alan Hakim on June 13, 2018 at 01:59:37 user awhakim.

Reading a book about the politics of Palestine and the Middle East, A Line in the Sand by James Barr, I came across a startling event. In 1949, W F Stirling, a former associate of Lawrence of Arabia, by then The Times correspondent in Damascus, was attacked in his home by two assassins, who shot him six times. It was widely believed that Stirling also worked for MI6, and the assassins had been encouraged by France.
Miraculously, Stirling did not die. He had a friend visiting, none other than Ernest Altounyan, who operated on him within 30 minutes, extracted two of the six bullets, and decided the other four were best left in Stirling. At which point the book goes off into a startling digression about the Swallows and AR, pointing out that AR too was believed to have been a British agent.
As had Ernest, working with Stirling in Syria during WW2.

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