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Abbas to reform Fatah security services

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ordered an overhaul of his security apparatus Friday after an inquiry panel held 60 officers responsible for its collapse in factional fighting that gave Hamas control of the Gaza Strip. The changes are aimed at making the security forces more professional and strengthening them against any challenge by Hamas in the more populous West Bank. U.S. officials have pressed for such changes to advance the prospects for peace talks that Abbas and his more secular Fatah movement are seeking with Israel. Full Story

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