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CIA Commercials to Recruit US Arabs, Iranians

Alex Constantine - November 10, 2009

AP/Chicago Tribune
November 9, 2009

DEARBORN, Mich. - The CIA plans a Detroit-area premiere for two TV commercials aimed at recruiting Arab- and Iranian-Americans.

The private screening will be held Nov. 18 in Dearborn, the heart of Michigan's large Middle Eastern community.

The commercials are part of a major outreach effort by the CIA that's included a high-profile visit to Dearborn in September by CIA Director Leon Panetta. He urged Arab-American and Muslim leaders to join efforts to reduce the threat of terrorism in the U.S.

The agency has a five-year plan to boost fluency in Arabic and other languages deemed critical to its work. Panetta wants to raise foreign language proficiency inside the CIA from less than a third to at least half of all analysts and intelligence operatives.


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