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Carter meets Hamas chief over Israeli, US objections

April 18, 2008

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer

DAMASCUS, Syria – Former President Carter met Friday with the exiled leader of Hamas and the militant group’s deputy chief, men the U.S. government has labeled as global terrorists and Israel accuses of masterminding suicide bombings and kidnappings.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, left, meets with Syrian ...
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, left, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, at the Presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, April 18, 2008. Carter met Friday with Syrian President Bashar Assad and later with the exiled leader of Hamas, a day after he had asked senior officials from the militant Palestinian group he met in Egypt to stop rocket attacks into Israel. No media was allowed at the Hamas meeting. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

Carter’s meeting with Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal followed two other meetings between the former American president and the Palestinian militant group in the Middle East this week. Hamas officials say the meetings have lent their group legitimacy.

Mashaal’s deputy Moussa Abu Marzouk attended the meeting with Carter at Mashaal’s Damascus office, a Hamas official at the site told The Associated Press. Abu Marzouk was designated a terrorist by the U.S. Treasury Department in 1995, allowing the government to seize his assets. He was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York that same year and spent two years in a New York jail before he was deported in 1997.

Carter’s convoy arrived at Mashaal’s office for the meeting under tight security and reporters were prevented from getting near the site. The meeting was closed to all media.

The U.S. State Department twice advised Carter against meeting Hamas….

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British Make Initial Gains Against Taliban

August 5, 2007

SANGIN, Afghanistan — The British Army compound here in a drug lord’s former villa, with its sandbagged windows and lookout posts and shrapnel-scarred walls, is a reminder that until just a few weeks ago Sangin was one of the most dangerous towns in Afghanistan’s most dangerous province, Helmand.

Since their arrival last spring in this lawless region of mountains and desert, British troops have lost 64 men in almost daily combat against a Taliban force second to none in size and ferocity in the country. The insurgents still control half the province, the most serious threat to Afghanistan’s stability.

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Tougher U.S. Stance on Pakistan Took Months