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Israel reports Hamas arsenal of 6,000 rockets includes long-range M-302s

Long-range M-302 rockets captured by Israel from a ship on the Red Sea in early 2014.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has detailed the Hamas missile and rocket arsenal during the war in mid-2014. The Israeli military said Hamas contained 6,000 rockets during the first stage of the 50-day war in July and August. […]

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Hamas said activating Jerusalem cells as Israel rocked by synagogue massacre

Israelis near funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Calman Levine and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg in Jerusalem, Nov. 18. / AFP

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has determined that Hamas activated operational cells in Jerusalem in advance of a bloody attack in a Jerusalem synagogue. Officials said the intelligence community has assessed that Hamas was activating operational cells based in […]

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Border alert — Egypt: Military doubles buffer zone against Hamas, Gaza Strip

Overview of the rubble of buildings destroyed by the Egyptian military on Nov. 4 in the border town of Rafah. / Mohamed El-Sherbeny / AFP / Getty Images

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has decided to expand its controversial buffer zone with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The government said it would double the size of its planned buffer zone in the Sinai Peninsula. In a statement, the […]

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Egypt to evacuate, then level city of Rafah to seal border with Gaza Strip

Rafah, Egypt on the border with the Gaza Strip. /  Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90

Special to CAIRO — Egypt plans to evacuate the divided city of Rafah and build another community five kilometers away. Egyptian sources said the military plans to destroy Rafah over the next year. They said thousands of residents would […]

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Hamas issues rare threat of new war as Israel withholds reconstruction aid

Hamas insurgents in Gaza. / Reuters

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas has threatened to launch another war against Israel. Hamas’ military wing warned of a resumption of attacks on Israel unless it approved massive cargo deliveries to the Gaza Strip. Hamas said the Jewish […]

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UAE bans Obama-aligned CAIR, 86 insurgency groups with ties to Brotherhood

CAIR's Nihad Awad, left, and Corey Saylor at a press conference.

Special to ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has banned scores of insurgency groups, many of them affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood or Hizbullah. The exception was the Palestinian movement Hamas, deemed a branch of the Egyptian-based Brotherhood. […]

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Palestinian Authority said too ‘scared’ to fill security vacuum in Gaza

Al Katiba square in Gaza City.

Special to GAZA CITY — The failure of the Palestinian Authority to deploy its troops has resulted in a security vacuum in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said the resignation of the Hamas government has sparked a security vacuum […]

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Hamas recruits young Palestinians for new ‘Popular Army’

Young recruits for Hamas' new Popular Army at graduation parade in the northern Gaza Strip on Nov. 7.  / Mohammed Abed / AFP

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas has provided fresh details of its new paramilitary force in the Gaza Strip. Hamas said its new Popular Army was being trained to battle Israel and expel Jews from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Hamas […]

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Joint Chiefs go to school on Israel-Gaza War, contradict Obama’s criticism

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has been studying the war between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Officials said the Joint Chiefs of Staff approved an examination of the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in July and […]

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‘Sons of Sinai have decided to fight back’: Bedouins back Egypt’s military

'Sons of Sinai'

Special to CAIRO — Bedouins have organized a militia to battle Islamic rebels in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Bedouins were said to have formed a militia meant to target Al Qaida-aligned forces in Sinai. The force plans to focus on […]

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