No 12

25 March 2002

The Political Scene

US Vice President Dick Cheney has returned home after hisregional tour, leaving Gen Anthony Zinni strugglingto patch up a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians. Aftermonths of downplaying any connection between Iraq and al-Qa'ida,the CIA is now apparently refusing to rule out such a possibility. Sen Joseph Bidens offer to meetwith Iranian parliamentarians has evoked a mixed response in Tehran and Washington.

Arabs Warn Cheney On Iraq