Arab States Weekly Review 28th Aug – 3rd Sep 2010

US president Obama announced that the combat operation in Iraq is officially over, and that he will proceed to scale down operations in Afghanistan next year.

The first direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine in 20 months commenced. Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas were urged by Barack Obama along with Hosni Mubarak (Egypt), King Abdullah (Jordan), and Tony Blair.

Hamas claimed responsibility for two separate incidents in the West Bank, killing four Israeli settlers and injuring two.

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