Middle East Intelligence Bulletin
Jointly published by the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon and the Middle East Forum
Vol. 6   No. 1

January 2004



LEBANON
The Al-Madina Bank Scandal
Lebanon's largest banking scandal in over three decades offers a revealing glimpse into the country's shady financial underworld and the laundering of billions of dollars from the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein.
Gary C. Gambill
Ziad K. Abdelnour

SYRIA
Assad's Desperate Diplomacy
In the face of unprecedented American pressure to end Syrian sponsorship of terrorism, Syrian President Bashar Assad has signaled a willingness to resume peace negotiations with Israel, but his diplomatic initiative is too little, too late.
Gary C. Gambill
AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan: The Gulf between Report and Reality
Western news reports about Afghan "warlords" running amok are patently false.
John Jennings
SAUDI ARABIA
Dossier: Crown Prince Abdullah
Among senior Saudi princes, Abdullah may be the most nationalistic and least fond of Western lifestyles and culture, but he is perfectly suited for preserving the kingdom's special relationship with the United States.
Michael Gordon
IRAQ
Implications of Iraq's Election Controversy
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Gary C. Gambill

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Ziad K. Abdelnour
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Thomas Patrick Carroll
Sami Zeidan

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