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Abbas: Al-Qaida Not in Gaza, West Bank

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas denied Thursday that al-Qaida cells were operating in Gaza or the West Bank, and he dismissed U.S. and Israeli demands that the militant group Hamas should be barred from running in parliamentary elections. Abbas, speaking to AP Television News in what he said was his first interview in English since taking office a year ago, rejected claims made this week by Israeli President Moshe Katsav that “terror groups, including some al-Qaida cells, have formed” in the Gaza Strip since Israel’s pullout in August. Full Story

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