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Middle East

Arab League seems to soften Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

altArab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace plan when a top Qatari official said Israel and the Palestinians could trade land rather than conform exactly to their 1967 borders.

U.S. defense chief reaffirms military ties with Egypt

altU.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored Washington's military commitment to Egypt on Wednesday and pledged American support as Egyptian forces evolve to address new and shifting security threats, U.S. defense officials said.

Iraq on edge after raid fuels deadly Sunni unrest

altMore than 30 people were killed in gun battles between Iraqi forces and militants on Wednesday, a day after a raid on a Sunni Muslim protest ignited the fiercest clashes since American troops left the country.

Analysis: Iran's unlikely al Qaeda ties: fluid, murky and deterioratin

altWhen al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri spoke in an audio message broadcast to supporters earlier this month, he had harsh words for Iran. Its true face, he said, had been unmasked by its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against fighters loyal to al Qaeda.

Israeli spy says Syria used chemical arms, U.S. unconvinced

altSyrian government forces have used chemical weapons - probably nerve gas - in their fight against rebels trying to force out President Bashar al-Assad, the Israeli military's top intelligence analyst said.

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