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A successful conviction in the ongoing trial of a suspected Hezbollah operative in Peru could help authorities “unravel the network of operatives and supporters that Hezbollah has erected throughout the country,” an expert on international terrorism wrote in Foreign Affairs on Wednesday. Mohammad Hamdar was detained in Lima in the fall of 2014 and tested positive...

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The major Palestinian political parties agreed on Tuesday to form a unity government and hold elections after three days of reconciliation meetings in Russia. “We have reached agreement under which, within 48 hours, we will call on [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas to launch consultations on the creation of a...

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Israeli security forces arrested 17 terror suspects across the West Bank overnight Sunday, including 13 alleged members of Hamas, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday. Five of the suspects are wanted for their involvement in “popular terror” and attacks against both Israeli soldiers and civilians. Popular terror typically refers to rock throwing...

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The Pragmatic Murderer Former Iranian president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82. A New York Times editorial published after his death praised him and called him a “pragmatist.” This is an odd description of someone who has been implicated in planning terror attacks on foreign soil while he...

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A United States district court ruled Tuesday that Iran and Syria must pay $178 million in damages to the family of a three-month-old baby who was killed in an October 2014 terrorist attack in Jerusalem. Chaya Zissel Braun, who held both American and Israeli citizenship, was killed when Abd al-Rahman al-Shaloudi,...

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The Palestinian Authority has hailed a terrorist who killed four Israeli soldiers on Sunday as a “martyr,” signalling not only its approval of the fatal attack but that his widow will be eligible to receive a monthly stipend, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported on Tuesday. The official PA daily reported that the attack was...

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Israeli defense officials say that violent attacks, mostly stonings, have increased sharply since the United Nations Security Council passed an anti-Israel resolution late last month, Avi Issacharoff reported in The Times of Israel on Tuesday. The increase was recorded during the last week of December 2016 — immediately following the passage...

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In one of his final acts in office on December 30, outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a confidential report to the UN Security Council alleging that Iran may have violated an international arms embargo by smuggling weapons to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, Reuters reported Sunday. The report also contains...

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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a cleric who was instrumental in founding the Islamic Republic, served as president of Iran from 1989 to 1997, and was viewed as a mentor to current President Hassan Rouhani, died on Sunday at the age of 82. Rafsanjani helped bring about the 1979 Islamic Revolution,...

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Fatah and Hamas, the two main Palestinian political parties, have expressed praise for a terror attack that killed four Israelis in Jerusalem on Sunday. Fadi al-Qunbar, a suspected ISIS supporter, drove a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers, killing Lt. Yael Yekutiel (age 20), Cadet Shir Hajaj (22), Cadet Shira Tzur (20),...

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