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The Israeli rescue operation that resulted in 4 hostages being evacuated from Gaza but killed hundreds of Palestinians was enabled by U.S. intelligence. After the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, The U.S. increased intelligence collection on Hamas and has served as Israel’s most important partner in intelligence-gathering throughout the war.

Minnesota man who joined Islamic State group is sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Minnesota man who once fought for the Islamic State group in Syria after becoming radicalized expressed remorse and wept in court as he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors factored into their recommendation a lower sentence than the statutory maximum of 20 years. The 27-year-old was among several Minnesotans suspected of leaving the U.S. to join the Islamic State group.

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