Abbas appoints Dahlan as top security adviser

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March 18, 2007 14:04

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday named Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan as his national security adviser, presidential aides said. The appointment puts Dahlan, a top official in Abbas's Fatah party, in a sensitive position as Palestinian leaders try to reform their myriad and competing security services. As Gaza security chief in the 1990s, Dahlan led a crackdown on Hamas operatives. Hamas still has rocky relations with Dahlan.


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