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May 28, 2003

CIA training PA antiterror force

Hat tip to Agonist for pointing to this Jerusalem Post artlcle. The bad news: it won't work. The good news: might ignite civil war within Palestinian areas and their "friends" in supporting countries.
A team of CIA monitors and advisers on security have arrived in Cairo, and will soon move to the Gaza Strip, senior Palestinian Authority sources told The Jerusalem Post. The team will advise the PA in reorganizing its security, and is part of the team that will monitor both sides' implementation of the road map.

The CIA operatives are training a new PA antiterror force ahead of a possible confrontation with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, according to the sources.

The new force, which consists of several hundred agents, will operate under the direct command of Security Minister Muhammad Dahlan.

PA officials said they are preparing to start implementing their obligations under the road map, soon after a planned meeting between Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas a meeting that could come within 48 hours, according to PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Meanwhile, talks between Palestinian factions on suspending terrorist attacks Israel might be resumed in the Gaza Strip and not in Cairo, PA Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said Monday.
He said Abbas was awaiting a response from Hamas to his demand that the movement accept a temporary cessation of terrorist attacks now that Sharon's cabinet has accepted the road map.

Abbas met in Gaza City last Thursday with several leaders of Hamas and urged them to agree to a one-year cessation of terrorist attacks. But the Hamas officials, including Abdel Aziz Rantisi, Mahmoud Zahar, and Ismail Haniyeh, vowed to continue attacks against Israel. [more]