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President Obama visits terror-linked mosque

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville, Md. on Feb. 3.  /Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The Baltimore mosque that U.S. President Barack Obama visited on Feb. 3 has been linked to Hamas and other terror organizations. In his first visit to a U.S. mosque, Obama spoke at the Islamic Society of Baltimore […]

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Hamas ‘tank’ mocked on social media as parade float

Hamas tank.  /Twitter

Special to WorldTribune.com Hamas recently rolled out what it said was a “captured and rebuilt Israeli tank.” The “tank” was mocked on social media as something more likely to be seen in a carnival than on the battlefield. Twitter users […]

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Egypt wants assurances Israel will keep Turkey away from Gaza

Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi

Special to WorldTribune.com The Egyptian government has asked Israel for clarification on talks aimed at repairing relations between Jerusalem and Turkey. Egypt is calling on Israel not to give in to Turkey’s demands on the lifting of the naval blockade […]

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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 11: Hamas prepares to open international port with backing from Turkey, Qatar, Greece, EU

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Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY, Feb. 6, 2015 — Hamas is set to challenge Israel and open the Gaza Strip’s port to international traffic. Palestinian sources said Hamas was refurbishing the port south of Gaza City to receive foreign ships […]

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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 15: Gaza protests Egypt’s flooding of smuggling tunnels as more damaging than Israeli bombs

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Special to WorldTribune.com Gaza Strip officials say sea water pumped by Egypt from the Mediterranean to flood smuggling tunnels has done more damage that 20 years of Israeli bombs. Egypt began the operation a few months ago, saying it has […]

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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 18: Senior Hamas official treated at private Israeli hospital

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Special to WorldTribune.com A senior leader of Hamas is recuperating in an Israeli hospital after undergoing spinal surgery, a report said. Nayef Rajoub, a top member of the terror group and brother of senior Palestinian Authority (PA) figure Jibril Rajoub, […]

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Israeli officials question Turkey’s motives for warming ties

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Special to WorldTribune.com Israeli officials are questioning the significance of Turkey’s intent to improve ties with the Jewish state. Senior Israeli security sources told Walla! News on Dec. 22 that Turkey’s motive for rapprochement with Israel is due to Ankara’s […]

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Netanyahu clarifies: Gaza blockade won’t be lifted as part of Turkey deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. /Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Special to WorldTribune.com Israel will not lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip as part of a deal that renews relations with Turkey, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Dec. 21. “They (Turkey) argued against the blockade on Gaza and […]

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Hamas leader meets Erdogan as Israel-Turkey ties warm

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) meets with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Istanbul, Turkey, December 19, 2015 in this handout photo provided by the Presidential Palace. REUTERS/Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Hamas leader Khaled Masha’al on Dec. 19, the first such meeting after reports of warming ties between Turkey and Israel. Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported that Masha’al briefed Erdogan on […]

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The inside story on Hamas’s fight over ties with ISIL

ISIL jihadists in Gaza.  /YouTube

Special to WorldTribune.com An internal struggle is afoot over whether Hamas should cut its ties with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). On one side, the old guard in Gaza, led by former Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and “military […]

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