In Gaza, Tensions Grow between Hamas Pragmatists and Hardliners as More Radical Groups Gain Adherents

[Los Angeles Times] Jeffrey Fleishman - Hamas says it disavows Islamic radicalism but faces tension between its religious hard-liners and pragmatists who want to convince the West that it is not a political mask for jihad. The wider challenge for Hamas is whether it can, or even wishes to, rein in independent Islamist groups seeking to impose Sharia law. On Tuesday Mahmoud Abbas said, "Thanks to the support of Hamas, al-Qaeda is entering Gaza."

2007-07-16 01:00:00

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