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Monday, March 07, 2005 

Hamas and Jihad expelled

Reports are suggesting that Syria has expelled the political leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Khalid Meshal and Ramadan Shallah. It was one of the three key Bush demands on Syria (the 'Palestine demand', along with the 'Lebanon demand' and the 'Iraq demand').

"The government has closed their offices, cut off their phones and shut down their email" reports JPost.

Extra weight is thrown behind these claims because they come from an Israeli source. Syria would be reluctant to announce this themselves because it would show Syria bowing to pressure for the second time in two days, and because it would imply selling the 'pan-Arab' cause. It would also suggest Syria agrees with the Shual Mofaz (Israeli Foreign Minister) claim that Islamic Jihad ordered the Tel Aviv attack from Damascus.

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