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Mideast militants declare cease-fire Israel leaves Gaza, despite suspicions

Israel pulled its tanks and troops from northern Gaza on Sunday, hours after the leading Palestinian militant groups for the first time announced a three-month cease-fire. The vow to end attacks on Israel and the troop withdrawal provided a much-needed boost to a U.S.-sponsored initiative, called the ”road map,” which seeks to restart peace talks with the goal of ending 2 years of fighting. Even so, Israel said the cease-fire would serve only to give militants a chance to regroup for attacks. The decision to withdraw troops from Gaza was a sign that Israel felt U.S. pressure to make a concession. Full Story

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