United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

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United Nations special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi gave the Security Council a bleak picture of what may come of Syria in a Nov. 30 briefing: “Institutions withering away, lawlessness spreading, warlordism, banditry, narcotics, arms smuggling, and worst of all, the ugly face of communal and sectarian strife.”