Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has chosen 3
new security officials to head the three consolidated PA security
branches. The three are mid-ranking PA security officials.

Abbas also signed a forced retirements of 1,150 security officials
paving the way for a new generation of security officers to share in
developing the PA security establishment after ten years of “old guards
full control.

In preparation to the summit meeting with U.S. president George Bush
next month Abbas stepped up efforts to reform his security forces and
disarm resistance groups, which is a major road map obligation that the
U.S. is pressing the PA to fulfill

For the International Middle East Media Center I am Manar Jibrin