The Terror Twins

The Middle East's most violent terrorists have been in competition to outdo each other. Now they're allying. A TIME exclusive

When Khaled Masha'al and Sheik Hassan Nasrallah meet in Tehran this week, theirs will be a handshake to strike fear in the hearts of Israelis. The roving power broker of Hamas, 52, and the fiery 41-year-old cleric who leads Hizballah will be signaling a truce in what has been a violent if largely unheralded struggle to be the leading terror arm of the Palestinian uprising. The two were once allies. But earlier this year, Hizballah decided it wanted to go its own way. Suddenly two of the most efficient and dangerous terror groups in the world were in competition with each...

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