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Khaled Mashal
خالد مشعل
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Khaled Mashal, 20 January 2009
Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau
In office
1996 – 6 May 2017
Deputy Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook
Ismail Haniyeh
Preceded by Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook
Succeeded by Ismail Haniyeh
Personal details
Born 28 May 1956 (1956-05-28) (age 65)
Silwad, West Bank
Nationality Palestinian
Political party Hamas
Residence Silwad, West Bank (1956–1967)
Damascus, Syria (2001–2012)
Doha, Qatar (2012–present)
Alma mater Kuwait University
Flag of Hamas
Flag of Hamas, with the Shahada written on it.

Khaled Mashal (Arabic: خالد مشعل Khālid Mashʿal, Levantine Arabic: born 28 May 1956) is a former leader of the Palestinian organization Hamas.

After the founding of Hamas in 1987, Mashal became the leader of the Kuwaiti branch of the organization. In 1992, he became a founding member of Hamas' politburo and its chairman. He became the recognized head of Hamas after Israel assassinated both Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and his successor Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi in the spring of 2004. Under his leadership, Hamas stunned the world by winning a majority of the seats in the Palestinian legislative election in 2006. Mashal stepped down as Hamas' politburo chairman at the end of his term limit in 2017.

The Six-Day War in 1967 forced Mashal's family to flee the West Bank and he has since then lived in other parts of the Arab world exile. For that reason, he was considered part of Hamas' "external leadership."

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