Middle East Intelligence Bulletin
Jointly published by the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon and the Middle East Forum
Vol. 6   No. 5

31 May 2004



LEBANON
Dossier: Samir Geagea
After languishing for over a decade in solitary confinement three stories beneath the Defense Ministry, Lebanon's most prominent political prisoner is still prevented by the authorities from communicating with the outside world. Why Geagea's words are regarded as a threat to Lebanon's Syrian-backed political order.
Ziad K. Abdelnour
Riots in Lebanon: A Hidden Hand?
SYRIA
American Sanctions on Syria: A Diplomatic Masterstroke?
The Bush administration's new regime of sanctions on Damascus marks a definitive end to constructive engagement, enhances the credibility of American deterrence, and encourages EU governments to step up pressure on the Assad regime.
Gary C. Gambill
The Bombing in Damascus: Ten Reasons to Doubt Syria's Claim
IRAQ
Ansar al-Sunna: Iraq's New Terrorist Threat
Recent months have witnessed the rise of a dangerous new amalgam of Kurdish Islamist militants who have returned to Iraq from Iran and foreign al-Qaeda operatives who have infiltrated the country from Syria.
Michael Rubin
Interview: Ghanem Jawad
A representative of the Shiite al-Khoei Foundation speaks about the situation in Iraq.
Mahan Abedin
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