Middle East Intelligence Bulletin
Jointly published by the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon and the Middle East Forum
Vol. 5   No. 5

May 2003



LEBANON
Dossier: Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir
The patriarch of Lebanon's Maronite Church has abandoned the campaign against Syria's occupation he spearheaded two years ago, a dramatic turnabout influenced by pressures from the Vatican, inter-Christian political dynamics, and skillful Syrian diplomacy.
Gary C. Gambill
Intelligence Briefs
SYRIA
Confronting Syrian Support for Terrorist Groups
The United States is demanding that Syrian President Bashar Assad not only suspend his regime's sponsorship of terrorist group, but get out of the terror business altogether.
Matthew A. Levitt
IRAQ
Interview: Hamid al-Bayati
A leader of Iraq's leading Shiite political movement talks with MEIB about Iraq's future.

Mahan Abedin
REGION
Democratization of Capital in the Arab World
The Arab world is poor because authoritarian governments in the region fear the political ramifications of unrestricted access to capital.

Ziad K. Abdelnour
Al-Qaeda Strikes at the Kingdom
The nearly simultaneous bombings of three expatriate housing compounds in eastern Riyadh may signify an escalation of al-Qaeda's terror campaign from targeting American interests to targeting the Saudi royal family.

Richard Sale
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Gary C. Gambill

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Thomas Patrick Carroll
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Daniel Nassif

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