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Hamas leader returns to Gaza with wider ambitions

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal waves upon arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. Meshaal arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ending 45 years of exile from Palestinian land with a visit that underscored the Islamist group's growing confidence following a recent conflict with Israel. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal waves upon arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. Meshaal arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ending 45 years of exile from Palestinian land with a visit that underscored the Islamist...more

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal waves upon arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. Meshaal arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ending 45 years of exile from Palestinian land with a visit that underscored the Islamist group's growing confidence following a recent conflict with Israel. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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A Palestinian man hugs Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (R) upon his arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A Palestinian man hugs Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (R) upon his arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A Palestinian man hugs Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (R) upon his arrival at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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