POLITICAL COMMENT (5 October 2012)

Syria Confirms Rift With Hamas
By Charles Snow
The first overt sign that the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas had decided it could no longer afford to ally itself with Syria (and by extension Iran) came last February when exiled Hamas leader Khalid Mish’al closed the group’s offices in Damascus and moved to Qatar. And the rift was confirmed on 24 February when the Hamas leader in Gaza, Isma’il Hanniya, told...