Archive for the ‘truce’ Category

Hamas fires heavier rockets at Israel

November 14, 2008

Hamas Islamists fired their longest-range rockets at a southern Israeli city on Friday after an Israeli air force attack on their Gaza stronghold, in the 11th day of skirmishes threatening a five-month-old truce.

By Abed Shana, Reuters

Israeli soldiers stand atop a tank outside Kibbutz Kissufim ...
Israeli soldiers stand atop a tank outside Kibbutz Kissufim near the Gaza border November 13, 2008.(Amir Cohen/Reuters)

The armed wing of the Islamist group said it fired five Grad rockets at an Israeli city, the longest-range weapon it has claimed to shoot at the Jewish state.

Israel and Hamas blamed each other for the flare-up.

“Hamas is directly responsible for the escalation in the violence,” said Israeli spokesman Mark Regev. “Israel had wanted to see the calm that prevailed until recently prevail once again. But Hamas … are seeking a dangerous escalation.”

A Hamas leader, Mahmoud al-Zahar, said “self-defense and resistance” would continue, but as far as Hamas was concerned the truce was still on, provided Israel wanted it.

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Blogger outreach boosts McCain

March 31, 2008

By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
March 31, 2008

Even as talk radio was brutalizing Sen. John McCain in the Republican presidential primaries, conservative bloggers reached a respectful truce with the Arizona senator over touchy issues and gave him what the campaign called a “tremendous positive psychological” boost.
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The main reason: Mr. McCain’s blogger outreach, the most extensive of any presidential campaign in either party, helped keep him afloat in the dark days last summer when the major press was sizing up his campaign grave. During those times, Mr. McCain got attention and digital ink from the bloggers he invited to biweekly conference calls, and got a chance to talk policy.
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“During the unpleasantness, whenever Senator McCain put himself in front of reporters, the question was always, ‘How much did you raise today, when are you dropping out,’ ” said Patrick Hynes, a conservative blogger who Mr. McCain hired in 2006. “And then we’d put him on the phone with bloggers, and they’d want to talk about Iraq, and pork and chasing down al Qaeda.”
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For the campaign, it came down to deploying the campaign’s best asset — Mr. McCain himself — in a forum where he can excel.
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Mr. Hynes said the back-and-forth with bloggers took “a great deal of sting out of the criticisms” over immigration, Mr. McCain’s push for campaign-finance changes and other areas where conservatives have registered their discontent with the senator, who has secured enough delegates to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.

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Taliban Fighters Void Second Truce in Pakistan

August 20, 2007

By Griff Witte and Imtiaz Ali
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, August 20, 2007; Page A11

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 19 — For the second time in two months, a truce designed to curb militancy in the tribal areas of northwestern Pakistan was declared void this weekend by Taliban fighters.

The apparent collapse of the deal in the restive South Waziristan area followed the scrapping of a similar deal in neighboring North Waziristan in July, and comes as there are escalating tensions in both areas. On Sunday, the Pakistani military reported killing 15 insurgent fighters near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan.

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