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With Iran's help, Hamas reaches out to Syrian regime

Iran is working as mediator as Hamas' new leadership takes steps to restore its severed ties with Syria.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The new Hamas leadership has taken dramatic steps since assuming office in mid-February that suggest its policies will differ significantly from those of previous officials. The new administration has been trying to restore ties that had been cut off or seriously frayed with many parties such as Iran, Egypt, the Syrian regime and the followers of Fatah's dismissed leader Mohammed Dahlan.

Could this be a kinder, gentler, more accommodating Hamas? Many remain unconvinced, but Iran is working toward that goal.

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