No. 50

9 September 1996

The Political Scene

The Americans have seized on Iraqi President Saddam Husain's latest adventure - an excursion into the Kurdish "safe haven" in the north to assist the KDP in capturing Arbil from the rival PUK - to tighten their military grasp on Iraq significantly, but have paid a political price in the fragmentation of the post-war international consensus on Iraq. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with PLO Chairman Yasir 'Arafat,...