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3billion on humanitarian aid and straining every nerve and sinew to achieve a political settlement.
He is therefore straining every nerve and using all the tricks in his bag to bring about a semblance of success in time for the presidential review of the war strategy due in December to justify the trust Obama has reposed in him.
Egypt is straining every nerve to stem smuggling through tunnels running underneath its border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and its latest move is a plan to construct an underground-aboveground iron barrier.