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Hamas Bombmaker: Israel Has Lost Battle

The chief Hamas bombmaker and No. 1 on Israel’s most-wanted list said Israel had lost its battle to destroy the radical Islamic group and was leaving the Gaza Strip in defeat. Mohammed Deif, a shadowy Hamas leader and a five-time survivor of Israeli attempts to kill him, made a rare statement on the group’s Web site, gloating over Israel’s planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said he would pull soldiers and Jewish settlers out of most of the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank if peace talks with the Palestinians remain stuck in the coming months. Full Story

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