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Fatah in Talks to Prevent Mutiny by Its Militants

Armed militias in President Yasser Arafat’s Fatah threatened mutiny Saturday, accusing the main Palestinian faction of failing to include them in decision-making and defend them from Israeli crackdowns. The threat by al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades underscored growing instability in the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority as a new, militant generation in the faction confronts an old guard seen as impotent after 3-1/2 years of conflict with Israel. “We are seriously considering withdrawing from Fatah because our leadership has so far neglected us and because of the deterioration in Fatah,” Nayef Abu Sharkh, Brigades leader in the West Bank, told Reuters. Full Story

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