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  • Hamas to end truce with Israel

    12/09/2005 5:23:34 PM PST · by Cinnamon · 40 replies · 706+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 9 December 2005, 16:55 GMT | BBC
    The political leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas has said it will not renew its informal ceasefire with Israel that expires at the end of year. Khaled Meshaal told a rally in the Syrian capital Damascus his group was preparing for a new round of conflict. The truce begun in February was based on Israel ending its attacks on Palestinians and releasing prisoners. Hamas had already said it would pull out of the truce when Israel killed a military leader in November. Addressing the crowd at the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, Mr Meshaal said there was no room...
  • Hamas Leader Says He Won't Renew Truce

    11/30/2005 2:49:44 PM PST · by ncountylee · 13 replies · 310+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | November 30, 2005 | ALBERT AJI
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The leader of Hamas said Wednesday that his Palestinian militant group will not renew a truce with Israel when it expires at the end of the year and accused the Jewish state of violating the agreement that has greatly reduced violence. Khaled Mashaal, whose group has carried out dozens of deadly suicide attacks on Israelis over the years, also restated Hamas' rejection of U.S. and Israeli demands to disarm. "All circumstances on the ground, the regional political atmosphere and the Palestinian situation are not encouraging to renew the truce," Mashaal told The Associated Press in a...
  • Hamas: No Renewal of Truce With Israel

    11/02/2005 9:10:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 449+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/02/05 | Ibrahim Barzak - ap
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The militant group Hamas said Wednesday it would not renew an informal 9-month-old truce, which expires at the end of the year, after Israel killed one of its leading activists in an airstrike in Gaza. The truce was brokered by Egypt, which is expected to invite militant groups, including Hamas, to Cairo in the coming weeks to discuss extending the agreement. In the past nine months, violence has dropped sharply, and Hamas refrained from carrying out suicide bombings in Israel. But it has repeatedly fired rockets from Gaza at Israeli towns, in what it said...
  • Nepal's Maoist chief announces 3-month truce

    09/03/2005 4:06:05 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | September 03 2005 | Reuters
    KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels announced a three-month cease-fire from Saturday, their chief said in a statement, in a move to win support of political parties after King Gyanendra seized power in February. "During this period, our People's Liberation Army (PLA) will be in defensive positions," Prachanda said in a statement made available to Reuters. "The PLA will not launch any offensive from its side." "We believe our move will encourage all forces, within and outside Nepal, who want peace through a forward-moving political solution," the elusive Maoist chief said. The Nepali army said it had heard about the...
  • Democrats seek truce with Bolton

    08/02/2005 9:30:44 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 31 replies · 1,146+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 08/02/05 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Democrats struck a conciliatory note over the appointment of John Bolton as Washington's UN ambassador, saying that their bitter opposition is over and that they will work to help him succeed in his new job. "My fervent hope is now he'll do a good job. This is over with now," said Senator Christopher Dodd, who said Democrats are resigned to working with Bolton. "He's going to be there for the next 13 months," Dodd, a staunch Bolton opponent, told NBC television. "At this point here, I want him to succeed." US President George W. Bush on Monday...
  • Truce seems over -- Israel resumes killing of militants

    07/16/2005 12:04:09 PM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 24 replies · 594+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/16/05 | Scott Wilson
    Gaza City -- The Israeli military killed seven members of Hamas Friday and early today in rocket strikes that renewed Israel's policy of assassinating militant Palestinian leaders and effectively marked the end of a five-month truce. SNIP The military wing of Hamas, known formally as the Islamic Resistance Movement, has fired more than 100 mortar shells and rockets into Israel and Jewish settlements in Gaza in recent days, one of which killed a 22-year-old Israeli woman Thursday.
  • CA: Schwarzenegger, Democrats explore truce after months of feuding (Conan wimping out?)

    06/25/2005 10:41:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 424+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 6/25/05 | Beth Fouhy - AP
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger feuded bitterly with Democrats throughout the spring over a package of government reform measures he is asking voters to consider in a special election this November. In recent days, the partisan chill that had descended on the state Capitol during the first half of the year has begun to thaw. Polls released over the last few days showed a dramatic drop in the governor's job-approval ratings and the Democrat-controlled Legislature more unpopular than ever. Both sides are inching toward compromise on a package of reforms that could avert a high-stakes showdown this fall, as Schwarzenegger seeks to...
  • Palestinian Militant Group Refuses to Accept Truce

    03/18/2005 9:55:05 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 5 replies · 479+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 18
    A coalition of Palestinian militants threatened on Friday to resume attacks on Israelis despite a conditional truce agreed by other armed groups in talks with the Palestinian Authority. Mohammed Abdel-Al, a spokesman for the umbrella Popular Resistance Committees, said the Palestinian Authority had not invited the PRC to the negotiations in Egypt and the deal reached there on Thursday was not binding on it. "Our patience is over and it is time the Zionist entity be called to account by our fighters after the past two months (of calm)," Abdel-Al told a news conference. Before the current lull, the PRC...
  • Palestinians set to announce truce with Israel

    03/17/2005 3:43:30 AM PST · by Cornpone · 56 replies · 1,399+ views
    Swiss Info ^ | 17 March 2005 | Diala Saadeh
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Palestinian groups say they will reach an agreement today on a formal halt to attacks on Israelis, a step President Mahmoud Abbas hopes will persuade Israel to pull back from Palestinian towns. The Palestinian Authority and Egypt, which is hosting the meeting of several Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, want them to agree to an open-ended period of "calm", an Arabic term for the lowest level of truce. "We have an agreement in our hands now from all factions on the 'calm'," Samir Mashharawi, an official from Abbas's Fatah movement, told Reuters on Thursday. Mashharawi...
  • Palestinian Militants Adhere to Truce

    02/12/2005 7:48:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 337+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat, Feb 12, 2005 | IBRAHIM BARZAK
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad said Saturday they were adhering to a de facto truce with Israel, but stopped short of committing to the official cease-fire that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) agreed on at their summit. Israel agreed to repatriate about 55 Palestinians it deported to the Gaza Strip (news - web sites) and Europe on terror accusations. The majority were exiled after a monthlong siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002. In fast-paced moves to cement the...
  • A tenuous truce begins

    02/12/2005 4:58:23 PM PST · by andrewwood · 38 replies · 485+ views
    Washington Post / townhall.com ^ | feb. 11, 2005 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>WASHINGTON -- It is now conventional wisdom that the new opening to a Middle East peace is a result of Yasser Arafat's death. This is only half true, and it misses the larger point.</p> <p>Arafat's death was a necessary condition for hope, but not a sufficient one. It was necessary because Arafat had the power to suppress and literally kill any chances of peace. But his passing would have meant nothing if it had not occurred at a time when the Palestinians finally realized that Arafat's last great gamble, the second intifada, was a disaster.</p>
  • Hamas to Honor Undeclared Israel Truce

    02/12/2005 1:26:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 299+ views
    AP ^ | 2/12/5
    JERUSALEM - The Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad said Saturday they will not attack Israeli targets, but they refrained from officially joining a Palestinian cease-fire with Israel agreed upon during last week's summit in Egypt. Leaders of both groups met Saturday with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who is trying to keep the fragile cease-fire intact. A Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, told The Associated Press the group will wait to see whether Israel stops its military activities and targeted killings of Palestinian militants before deciding whether to join the truce agreed upon by Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel...
  • Cease-Fire or Battle Lines? (Israel-Palestinian)

    02/11/2005 4:25:48 PM PST · by Nate1984 · 10 replies · 355+ views
    The Daily Campus ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005 | Nathan Anderson
    Early this Tuesday, a cease-fire was declared between newly elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. Abbas promised with Sharon to "cease all violence against the Israelis and against the Palestinians, wherever they are," Israel agreed furthermore to release 900 Palestinian prisoners, to gradually withdraw from West Bank cities, and as a gesture of commitment, reopened a major Gaza checkpoint where six Israeli civilians had been killed last month in a terrorist attack. Abbas in return promised to stop glorification of terrorists and incitement against Israel on official Palestinian Authority media outlets. The western media was churning...
  • IDF, ISA thwart J'lem suicide bombing

    02/10/2005 9:35:50 AM PST · by Alouette · 43 replies · 1,519+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 10, 2005 | Margot Dudkevich
    A Palestinian who planned to launch a suicide bombing attack in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of French Hill in the coming days was arrested on Thursday afternoon in a combined operation carried out by IDF and ISA (Israel Security Agency) forces in the West Bank city of Nablus. The man was identified as Mahran Shukat Abu-Hamis, 21, a resident of the Ein-Beit Ilma refugee camp in Nablus, who planned the attack in an attempt to derail the cease-fire declared during Tuesday's summit in Sharm e-Sheikh. Abu-Hamis was involved in a number of terror organizations. The planned French Hill attack was...
  • Beware of 'hudnas'

    02/10/2005 2:38:43 AM PST · by ViLaLuz · 12 replies · 767+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 10, 2005 | Hal Lindsey
    I am appalled at how quickly the United States is leaping at the same old bait offered by the Palestinians. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, following the orders of our dear but naive president, is shoving Israel toward a disastrous agreement to grant a Palestinian state. As everyone applauds the "valiant efforts" of Mahmoud Abbas to secure a "cease-fire" from a bunch of terrorist gangs that have sworn they will never have a permanent peace with Israel, it is time to review the sacred Muslim concept of "hudna." It began with Islam's most revered founder, Muhammad. He declared a 10-year...
  • Palestinian Fatah Movement to OK Truce

    02/06/2005 4:02:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 151+ views
    AP ^ | 2/6/5
    GAZA CITY -- The mainstream Palestinian movement Fatah said Sunday it would agree to a mutual cease-fire with Israel in the West Bank and Gaza, and it ruled out attacks against civilians inside Israel _ boosting peace prospects ahead of an upcoming summit. After a two-day meeting of its Revolutionary Council in Gaza, the Fatah movement, headed by new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, declared it was prepared "to be committed to comprehensive mutual cease-fire in the occupied Palestinian land of 1967," referring to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Also, the statement confirmed an earlier pledge "not to target civilians...
  • Al-Sadr rebuffs Iraqi truce delegates [No truce.]

    08/18/2004 12:29:52 AM PDT · by familyop · 12 replies · 417+ views
    CNN ^ | 18AUG04 | CNN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An Iraqi peace delegation has returned to Baghdad after radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr refused to meet with them in battle-torn Najaf. The Iraqi leaders had gone to Najaf in hopes of ending nearly two weeks of fighting between al-Sadr's militia fighters and a U.S.-Iraqi force.
  • Iraqi official: Peace talks fail in Najaf

    08/14/2004 6:55:42 AM PDT · by RobFromGa · 36 replies · 2,273+ views
    cnn ^ | August 14, 2004 | cnn
    NAJAF, Iraq (CNN) -- Efforts to broker a peace agreement with rebel forces loyal to Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the embattled city of Najaf have failed, an Iraqi government official said Saturday. A statement issued by Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie, Iraq's national security adviser, suggested that fighting soon would resume in the south-central city.
  • Truce Talks Collapse in Holy City of Najaf

    08/14/2004 7:51:52 AM PDT · by traumer · 27 replies · 656+ views
    ABC News ^ | Aug. 14, 2004
    Truce Talks Collapse in Najaf Amid Attempts to Quell Violence Between Iraqi Militants, Troops (AP) NAJAF, Iraq Aug. 14, 2004 — Truce talks aimed at ending more than a week of violence between Shiite militants and U.S. and Iraqi forces in the holy city of Najaf broke down Saturday, Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie said. It was not clear if the breakdown would lead to an immediate renewal of the fierce fighting between followers of firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the combined coalition-Iraqi force that shook Najaf's streets with gunfire and explosions since Aug. 5. The battles ended...
  • Powell: World does not stop entirely for Olympics

    08/14/2004 11:26:07 AM PDT · by buzzyboop · 18 replies · 1,057+ views
    ESPN.com ^ | August 14, 2004 | Associated Press Wire
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed the Olympic Truce at the birthplace of the games Saturday, even as his troops in Iraq were breaking with the spirit of the document that calls for a halt in worldwide conflict during the competition. Organizers of the truce -- inspired by the cease-fire between warring city-states during the ancient games at Olympia -- say more than 450 world leaders and international personalities have signed the initiative.The 16-day truce, however, is clearly not being observed by the United States, which has had troops fighting in Afghanistan and later Iraq since shortly after the Sept....