Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

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May 5: Lebanon issued complaints to the United Nations about Israeli flights and an airstrike on a suspected guerilla hideout in southern Lebanon. [Haaretz, 5/6]

May 7: US intelligence analysts confirmed that an audiotaped voice offering gold for the killing of L. Paul Bremer and Kofi Annan could have belonged to Usama bin Ladin. [WP, 5/8]

May 9: Analysts reported that forces in a Pakistani offensive against al-Qa'ida and Taliban forces along the Afghanistan border failed to apprehend top militants. [WSJ, 5/10]

Arab leaders agreed to hold an Arab League summit in Tunisia on May 22. [AP, 5/10]

May 12: Arab countries denounced the US economic sanctions placed on Syria. [WP, 5/13]

May 16: US secretary of State Colin Powell, speaking in Jordan at the World Economic Forum, issued an apology for the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuses. It was the first visit to the Middle East by a senior White House official since the scandal broke. [FT, 5/17]

May 17: King 'Abdullah of Jordan called on the US to ensure that Iraq's Sunni minority was afforded fair representation and power in any new Iraqi constitution. He also said that the US should reconsider its dissolution of the Iraqi army. …

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