Friday, January 12, 1990


Arab World: Diplomatic sources in Damascus tell Washington Post Syria gave Saudi Arabia unpublicized written pledge to negotiate timetable for withdrawing its troops from Lebanon as part of Taif agreement last October [WP 1/12].

Mubarak dismisses Interior Minister Zaki Badr, a move commentators link to Badr's recent outbursts against newspaper columnists, writers, and Islamic scholars [NYT, WP 1/13].

Military Action

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Palestinians in the W. Bank set fire to bus taking Arab workers to their jobs in Israel only hours after IDF seals 4 homes of men accused of similar arson attacks [MET 1/23].