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US Military Chief Backs Israel on Gaza Tactics

The top U.S. military chief says Israel went to "extraordinary lengths" to avoid civilian casualties in its bloody two-month conflict with Gaza this summer. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest ranking military officer in the United States, on Thursday called the deaths of roughly 1,500 Palestinian noncombatants "tragic." But he added that Israeli forces "did what they could" during the 50-day war, which began July 8...

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