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Israel Identifies 28 Outposts for Removal

The Israeli military has drawn up a list of 28 unauthorized West Bank outposts that need to be torn down as part of the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan, security sources said Tuesday. The number represents less than half the outposts critics say Israel must dismantle under the plan. Taking down the outposts, often just a trailer or water tower on a hilltop, is a key initial requirement under the road map, a move that would put Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in confrontation with settler groups, one of his key constituencies. Sharon has also spoken in recent days about removing veteran Jewish settlements as well. He told angry activists from his Likud Party on Monday night that some settlements would have to go as part of any final peace agreement. In another development, Israeli troops pulled out of part of the West Bank city of Nablus following a three-week incursion aimed at Palestinian militants. Witnesses reported widespread destruction in the aftermath. Full Story

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