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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior Hamas military commanders Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.
Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and vowed a power struggle against a U.S.-based cleric he accuses of plotting against him would continue. Erdogan said Davutoglu's determination to battle the "parallel state", a term he uses for cleric Fethullah Gulen's influential network of followers, had been a key factor in his nomination as the next AK Party leader and prime minister. Being president will not hinder my struggle with the parallel structure," Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara. Erdogan, who will be sworn in as president next Thursday, said he would also support Davutoglu in advancing a peace process with Turkey's Kurdish minority and that forging a new constitution would be a priority for the next government.