Hamas leader calls to unite against Israel

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Hamas political bureau head Khaled Mashaal called on the Muslim world to unite and free Jerusalem.

Syrian chemical arms saga raises questions about Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S.-led drive to force Syria's beleaguered regime to surrender its chemical weapons has raised questions about the arsenal of chemical and biological arms Israel has reportedly stockpiled and the activities of the secretive Israel Institute for Biological Research near Tel Aviv.

Meshaal likely Hamas leader for 4th term

CAIRO, April 1 (UPI) -- Khaled Meshaal will likely remain Hamas' political leader in Gaza despite having indicated he would not seek another term, sources told Ma'an News Agency.

Journalists protest attacks in Egypt

CAIRO, March 17 (UPI) -- Journalists in Egypt protested Sunday against being attacked -- while reporting on another protest -- by the Muslim Brotherhood, which denied the allegations.

Israelis warns of third intifada

JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Israeli politicians and security officials warned Israel may be facing a third intifada (popular uprising) and urged resumption of talks with the Palestinians.

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Abbas, Mashaal meet in Cairo

CAIRO, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal met in Cairo as Egypt's president pressed the two to resolve their differences.
Fatah celebrates 48th anniversary

Fatah celebrates 48th anniversary

GAZA CITY, West Bank, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Thousands of Palestinians rallied Friday in Gaza City to celebrate the anniversary of Fatah for the first time since Hamas took over in 2007, officials said.

EU upset by Israeli settlement plans

BRUSSELS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Members of the European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday describing Israeli plans to build additional settlements as an obstacle to peace.
Abbas criticizes Meshaals Israel comments

Abbas criticizes Meshaals Israel comments

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday criticized Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who called for the destruction of Israel last week.

Fatah allows Hamas anniversary celebration

NABLUS, West Bank, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority said Hamas may hold a festival in the West Bank, indicating a possible reconciliation between the groups, observers said.
Hamas leader vows to continue jihad

Hamas leader vows to continue jihad

GAZA, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, marking the group's 25th anniversary with his first visit to Gaza, told a massive rally Saturday "jihad is the way to liberation."

U.N. sees 'mortal blow' to Mideast peace

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A U.N. committee said any move by the Israeli government to expand settlement activity would strike a "mortal blow" to the Middle East peace process.
Hamas' Meshaal arrives in Gaza Strip

Hamas' Meshaal arrives in Gaza Strip

GAZA, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal made his first visit to Gaza in 45 years Friday to mark the militant group's 25th anniversary officials said.
New Iran missiles said headed to Gaza

New Iran missiles said headed to Gaza

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- An Iranian 150-ton freighter loaded with short- and long-range missiles left Iran Sunday for Gaza, DEBKAfile reported Monday.
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Khaled Meshaal
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili (R) listens to Leader of the Islamic group Hamas Khaled Meshaal (L) through a translator during their meeting in Tehran, Iran on May 24, 2008. (UPI Photo/Ali Rafiei/FNA)

Khaled Mashal, also known as Khaled Mashaal, Khaled Meshaal, and Khalid Mish'al, (Arabic: خالد مشعل‎; born 1956) has been the main leader of Hamas—a Palestinian political, social, and terrorist organization—since the assassination of Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi in 2004. In addition, Mashal heads the Syrian branch of the political bureau of Hamas.

Mashal was born in Silwad, a village north of Ramallah and moved to Jordan in 1967. While attending Kuwait University, Mashal, as an Islamic student leader, challenged the dominance of Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization, participating in the foundation of the Islamic Haqq Bloc, which competed with Fatah for leadership of the General Union of Palestinian Students in Kuwait. After the founding of Hamas in 1987, Mashal came to lead the Kuwaiti branch of the organization. Mashal moved from Kuwait to Jordan in 1991. Since the expulsion of the Hamas leadership from Jordan in August 1999, Mashal lived in Qatar before moving to the Syrian capital of Damascus in 2001.

Khaled Mashal was born in the village of Silwad, north of Ramallah, then ruled by Jordan. Mashal attended Silwad Elementary School until the 1967 Six-Day War and the occupation of the West Bank by Israel. His father moved the family to Kuwait afterward for financial reasons. Mashal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Kuwait University. Mashal joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1971.

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