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  Albania, the Muslim World's Most Pro-American State
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AuthorNathan Thrall
News DateFriday, September 4, 2009 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionUSHE-KRUJE, Albania—At first glance, you might think it's been a rough year for American-Albanian relations. Last summer, the U.S. ambassador to Albania was accused of helping the country's defense minister cover up the sale of old, ineffective, and prohibited Chinese-made munitions to a then-21-year-old Pentagon contractor supplying the Afghan army and police. In that same week, the Florida-based contractor, by then 22, was indicted; the munitions scandal's Albanian whistle-blower was found dead; the Justice Department discovered that Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, had failed to disclose his $500,000 lobbying contract with the Albanian government; and, the week I arrived here in July, a car exploded near parliament on George W. Bush Street.
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