Youssef Aboul-Enein

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Lt. Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein served as assistant to Undersecretary of Defense William Luti in the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Office of Special Plans.

"... U.S. intelligence officer and Arabic specialist, Navy Lt. Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, who was a special assistant to Luti. 'His job was to peruse the Arabic-language media to find articles that would incriminate Saddam Hussein about terrorism, and he translated these.'" [1]


"Lieutenant Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, U.S. Navy, is a Middle-East/North Africa Foreign Area Officer. He received a B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi, an M.B.A. and M.H.S.A. from the University of Arkansas, is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Command and Staff College, and is currently attending the Joint Military Intelligence College. He has served in the continental United States, Liberia, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. He is a frequent contributor of book reviews and essays to Military Review." March/April 2003.

"LT Youssef Aboul-Enein, USN is Middle-East/North Africa Navy Foreign Area Officer stationed at Great Lakes, Illinois. He has served as Arabic interpreter for Exercise Bright Star 1998 and 2000." 2001.


29 February 2001: "10 years later: Gulf War lessons play role in Navy training" by JOC Rhonda Burke, Naval Training Center, Great Lakes Public Affairs Office:

"Lt. Youssef Aboul-Enein was home for winter break from his studies at the University of Arkansas when a scud missile damaged his family's home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"'It was that experience that eventually led me to join the Navy in 1994,' he said. 'The scud missile landed about 30 miles from my home and blew out the windows of the house.' Following the attack, Aboul-Enein joined the Red Crescent and worked to process Kuwaiti refugees in his homeland of Saudi Arabia. Following the war, he returned to his studies at the University of Arkansas and later chose to join the Navy as a medical intelligence officer. 'I really wanted to get a piece of Saddam,' he said. In 1998, he participated in Operation Southern Watch while stationed aboard the USS Guam (LPH 9). 'It was very gratifying.' He also served as a military advisor during operation Bright Star. 'Lots of folks are calling for the lifting of sanctions and I disagree with that,' Aboul-Enein said. In addition to his role as the Naval Hospital's medical intelligence officer, Aboul-Enein also serves as a Foreign Area Officer advising the U.S. military on cultural affairs of the Middle East."