Morning Brief: Fragile peace returns to Gaza
Top Story Israel has begun the rapid withdrawal of its military from Gaza, vowing to have all IDF troops out of the territory by Barack Obama’s inauguration tomorrow. Fighting appears to have subsided. Israel says it plans to open Gaza’s border crossings later on Monday to allow for humanitarian aid. More than 1,300 Gazans were ...
Israel has begun the rapid withdrawal of its military from Gaza, vowing to have all IDF troops out of the territory by Barack Obama’s inauguration tomorrow. Fighting appears to have subsided. Israel says it plans to open Gaza’s border crossings later on Monday to allow for humanitarian aid.
More than 1,300 Gazans were killed in the three-week war, including 700 civilians, according to local medical officials. Gazan officials put the total repair bill at more than $1.9 billion.
Israel declared that it had accomplished its strategic objectives and vowed further action if rocket attacks on Israel continued. Hamas claimed a “popular victory” and vowed to immediately begin rearming itself.
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NATO’s Secretary General blamed weak leadership for Afghanistan’s lack of progress.
18 civilians were killed in clashes between government forces and rebels in Sri Lanka.
The second bird flu case of the year has been reported in China.
A prominent Sunni politician was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq.
Moqtada al-Sadr’s followers are looking to gain back some influence in parliamentary elections later this month.
The U.S. and United Arab Emirates signed a nuclear cooperation agreement.
Southern African leaders are working to push Robert Mugabe to accept a power-sharing government in Zimbabwe.
Tutsi rebels in DR Congo will lay down their weapons.
The U.N. agreed in principle to a peacekeeping force in Somalia.
Leftists seem likely to retake power in El Salvador’s national elections.
As the economy slows, more Americans are joining the military.
Ukraine and Russia have finally agreed on a price for gas shipments.
Germany’s conservatives enjoyed an electoral victory on Sunday.
Turkey is renewing its push for EU membership.
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Joshua Keating is a former associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating
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