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Al Qaida announces presence in the Gaza Strip
World Tribune.com ^ | 8/05/05

Posted on 08/05/2005 12:37:03 PM PDT by Man50D

ABU DHABI — An announcement on an Al Qaida-aligned website said Osama Bin Laden has formed a military presence in Palestinian areas of the Gaza Strip. Israel plans to withdraw from the area by October 2005.

The announcement said Al Qaida has formed a group called "The Jihad Brigades in the Promised Land." The website, which has in the past posted announcements by Iraqi-based insurgency leader Abu Mussib Al Zarqawi, asserted that the group carried out mortar and rocket attacks against Israeli communities in the central Gaza Strip.

The Al Qaida group was said to have used a new rocket called Sajil. The posting did not detail the capabilities of the Sajil. "The Brigades are not a new organization but merely a spirit of faith pushing the jihad fighters in the promised land to close ranks behind an honest and uncompromising leadership," the announcement on Aug. 3 said.

[On Thursday, Al Qaida threatened additional strikes in Britain and said the organization could also attack the United States. In a video broadcast, Al Qaida's No. 2 Ayman Zawahiri said the July 7 suicide bombings in London's mass transit system were the result of British deployment in Iraq, Middle East Newsline reported.]

Israeli military sources dismissed the announcement, which included a videotape of rocket attacks against the Gush Katif bloc of Israeli settlements. The sources said Al Qaida preferred more lethal attacks than mortar and rocket strikes, leaving them to such groups as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

But Israeli and Palestinian sources did not rule out the prospect that the purported Al Qaida group comprised an existing Palestinian militia. They pointed out that Bin Laden adopted Al Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad and renamed it Al Qaida in Iraq. Al Zarqawi has also established cells in Jordan.

One prospect was that the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees, founded in 2001, has been adopted by Al Qaida. The PRC, composed largely of Fatah insurgents, have maintained mortar and rocket fire against Israeli targets and issued statements that resemble those of Al Zarqawi.

Palestinian sources said the PRC was directed by Al Qaida-aligned elements. The group was said to be led by Jamal Abu Samhadana, based in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. PRC claimed responsibility for the ambush of a U.S. embassy convoy in 2003 in which three U.S. security guards were killed


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1 posted on 08/05/2005 12:37:05 PM PDT by Man50D
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To: Man50D

Gosh -- no one could have fore seen this.


2 posted on 08/05/2005 12:38:04 PM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Man50D

What? This a surprise? Ya gotta be kiddin'!


3 posted on 08/05/2005 12:40:40 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Man50D

I don't think that would be very smart...The Iseralii Army isn't one I would want after me....anymore than our Military....


4 posted on 08/05/2005 12:41:01 PM PDT by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: tallhappy

Amazing how peaceful the new neighbors are.


5 posted on 08/05/2005 12:41:05 PM PDT by yobid
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To: Man50D

the Cancer is spreading..... Time for some Nuclear medicine.


6 posted on 08/05/2005 12:41:45 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Man50D

Okay, let's get it on! We are ready for WW3 if that is what it takes to destroy these towel heads. Stop the talk and get ready to meet Allah.


7 posted on 08/05/2005 12:42:17 PM PDT by rj45mis
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To: Man50D

Sounds like an invitation for the IDF to send a Welcome Wagon package.


8 posted on 08/05/2005 12:43:01 PM PDT by NautiNurse ("I'd rather see someone go to work for a Republican campaign than sit on their butt."--Howard Dean)
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To: tallhappy
Standard result of appeasement - Israel should have expected this.

It's getting to the point where islamo-cide is becoming about the only option available, I hate to say.

Treat it like the mind disease of nazi-ism was treated. But instead of just de-nazification of Germany, de-islamofascist-ication has to be carried out world-wide. And with merciless efficiency.

Find anyone who espouses it - anywhere on earth - and kill them immediately. No apologies, no frittering and nattering about "justification". If you promote islamo-fascism - it is a death sentence - carried out immediately. No appeal.

9 posted on 08/05/2005 12:45:24 PM PDT by Republicanus_Tyrannus
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To: Man50D

Wow, that was quick.

I thought they would have waited until their first rockets started landing after the retreat was completed.

In any case, I hope Sharon starts handing out inner tubes to the civilians soon.


10 posted on 08/05/2005 12:45:57 PM PDT by mmercier (the powder and the finger)
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To: Man50D

Sharon should just hand over Jerusalem while he's at it.


11 posted on 08/05/2005 12:46:34 PM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; A Jovial Cad; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; adam_az; af_vet_rr; agrace; ahayes; ...
Who'da thunk it?

Shimon Peres will be there to welcome them with roses and chocolates.

FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel/Russian Jewry ping list.

Warning! This is a high-volume ping list.

12 posted on 08/05/2005 12:48:08 PM PDT by Alouette ("Peace and justice" = Leftspeak for terrorism and ethnic cleansing.)
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To: Alouette

Not a real problem once the wall is finished.


13 posted on 08/05/2005 12:51:16 PM PDT by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: tallhappy

......Raidical Islam is just itching for a fight, isn't it?...announcing threates and alliances. They better be careful. The west is not really 'in it' all the way in Iraq and Radical Islam certainly views this a weekness.

However, one of these days, the Islamfacists are going to do something that even pisses off the liberals. And, hell hath no fury like a pissed off liberal. Liberals think of themselves as so nice and lovable (and smart (not evel like Republicans) but, man do they get upset if they feel they've been wronged. You know that look Hillary gets when someone pushes her button? Just imagine all of them with that icy stare. Usama, you don't know what your in for!


14 posted on 08/05/2005 12:52:30 PM PDT by Firefox1
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To: SJackson


15 posted on 08/05/2005 12:59:31 PM PDT by bitt ('We will all soon reap what the ignorant are now sowing.' Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: Man50D

Oh wonderful. Yet more evidence that the withdrawal is going to lead to some of my cousins and friends being driven into the sea. Sharon had better start building an evacuation navy to move all the Jews and Christians in Israel to some other country.

I really hate Islamofascist fundamentalists. They aren't people, even. They're just ravaging demons in human bodies. They have no respect or compassion for anyone who isn't exactly like them.


16 posted on 08/05/2005 12:59:36 PM PDT by Alexander Rubin
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To: mmercier

I think Sharon is going through the motions. After the pull out, every time a rocket comes over the fence a mile radius around where the rocket was launched will disappear...

When the dust settles, I believe the Izzies will own Gaza and the West Bank... Without the Pali's to deal with...


17 posted on 08/05/2005 1:01:11 PM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Member & GUNSNET.NET Moderator)
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To: Man50D

The Looney Liberal Left will now join the call for recognition of Al Qaida as a legitimate Political force.


18 posted on 08/05/2005 1:03:05 PM PDT by Dallas59 (" I have a great team that is going to beat George W. Bush" John Kerry -2004)
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To: Man50D

Ariel Sharon doesn't appear to care, his ego is more important.


19 posted on 08/05/2005 1:06:04 PM PDT by tomahawk (Proud to be an enemy of Islam (check out www.prophetofdoom.net))
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To: Alexander Rubin

Islam IS demonic and the devil hates Israel and will do everything in his power (which is limited) to drive them into the sea. But GOD will come to her rescue. They can only go so far before God says ENOUGH! Be encouraged.


20 posted on 08/05/2005 1:06:25 PM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: Rutles4Ever

I'm sure he's planning on it.


21 posted on 08/05/2005 1:06:49 PM PDT by tomahawk (Proud to be an enemy of Islam (check out www.prophetofdoom.net))
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To: Man50D

This is a brilliant move for our foes. I say we use this as an excuse to rush in and kill terrorists in Gaza. They think they hate US troops in Iraq and Afganistan, they will love us sweeping up their own house.


22 posted on 08/05/2005 1:07:51 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Dems: "It can't be done" Reps. "Move, we'll find a way or make a way. It has to be done!")
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To: Firefox1

" Usama, you don't know what your in for!"
I have a strong feeling UBL is just sitting around humping sheep, with little to do but hide in his Paki protected shit hole. Abu the goon is the guy that is calling the shots in the ME.


23 posted on 08/05/2005 1:08:26 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Republicanus_Tyrannus

The 'People' of Israel DID expect this...

It's their government that refuses to do what the people
want..

Sound familiar?


24 posted on 08/05/2005 1:09:06 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Save the whales. Redeem them for valuable prizes.)
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To: Man50D

What? A new Al-Qaida outlet... in a muslim land already infested with homicide bombers? What a surprise!?


25 posted on 08/05/2005 1:13:21 PM PDT by Kurt_D
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To: tallhappy

>>>Israeli military sources dismissed the announcement, which included a videotape of rocket attacks against the Gush Katif bloc of Israeli settlements. The sources said Al Qaida preferred more lethal attacks than mortar and rocket strikes, leaving them to such groups as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

We all know that the muslims never say what they mean. They only say what the media tells us they mean.


26 posted on 08/05/2005 1:14:54 PM PDT by blurb
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To: Man50D

I love these threads where everyone chimes in with their fantasies.

Reality is that the Bush Administration supports this and insists the Arabs from Gaza and those in the "West Bank" are allowed easy passage between the two locations- which means a danger to Israel and access to the World.

So no one is being gathered for a coup de grâce. We are building and funding a terrorist haven. A danger to Israel and to us.

While in Iraq Americans are dying.


27 posted on 08/05/2005 1:15:12 PM PDT by Sabramerican (Islam is to Peace as Rape is to Love)
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To: Man50D

I hope they make good use of their cell phones, often.


28 posted on 08/05/2005 1:17:15 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

..........................................

29 posted on 08/05/2005 1:27:52 PM PDT by SJackson (America...thru dissent and protest lost the ability to mobilize a will to win, Col Bui Tin, PAVN)
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To: Man50D

Well, there goes the neighborhood.


30 posted on 08/05/2005 1:36:47 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Democrats are the French of American Politics.)
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To: Man50D; rageaholic

It goes to prove the old adage that garbage attracts more garbage. Gaza is a dump, and like a magnet garbage-heads like alqaeda flock there in droves. Its good, lets concentrate them before the FINAL strike (total scorched earth).


31 posted on 08/05/2005 1:44:01 PM PDT by John Frum
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To: Man50D

Excuse enough now to sterilize the joint?


32 posted on 08/05/2005 1:45:50 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Free Michael Graham!)
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To: tallhappy
That's it, we must end our occupation of the Gaza strip....

oh wait, we're not in Gaza, and the Israeli's were already withdrawing... hmmm, did AQ make a mistake?

33 posted on 08/05/2005 1:48:34 PM PDT by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: Man50D

Give the palestinians who are not violent 48 hours to get the hell outta Dodge, and then wipe Gaza clean.


34 posted on 08/05/2005 1:50:04 PM PDT by Mister_Diddy_Wa_Diddy
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To: Mister_Diddy_Wa_Diddy

napalm and flamethrowers will clean the vermin out...and the terrorist murderers, too. Save the big stuff for round 2.


35 posted on 08/05/2005 1:52:32 PM PDT by bitt ('We will all soon reap what the ignorant are now sowing.' Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: Man50D

Anyone who thinks we'll have two countries living side by side in peace should have his head examined. Let's hope Israel gives the Paleis and their al Qaeda friends exactly what they deserve.


36 posted on 08/05/2005 1:54:03 PM PDT by hershey
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To: El Laton Caliente

Let us hope.

Retreating under fire like they currently are does not hope inspire.


37 posted on 08/05/2005 1:58:39 PM PDT by mmercier (in their cloths of many colors, for the angry Gods to see)
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To: Man50D

More muslime terrorists....evacuate the Israelis, then nuke Gaza. Trap every single muzzie rat that's there and kill them like the vermin they are.


38 posted on 08/05/2005 2:00:08 PM PDT by Bombardier ("Religion of Peace" my butt.....sell that snakeoil to someone who'll buy it!)
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To: bitt
Yeppers, while the napalm is doing it's thing, send in a couple of C-130 gunships for target practice on the vermin.

It'd be like the target practice we used to take shooting rats at the garbage dump.

39 posted on 08/05/2005 2:00:16 PM PDT by Mister_Diddy_Wa_Diddy
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To: Man50D
If this announcement is really from Al Qaida, it is a very clear demonstration that these international terrorists have no interest, whatsoever, in the well being of the Palestinians. Were it otherwise, this would make no sense. Why would they want to provide a reason for Israel to abort the move towards a peaceful resolution of at least part of the Israeli/Palestinian impasse, by alarming Israeli public opinion? The only function of this is to try to disrupt what progress is being made.

Of course, that is par for the course for bin Ladin's fanatics. But it certainly gives the lie to their pretense of trying to help the Palestinian people. Hopefully, some of their sympathizers in the Near East will begin to see this, and cut off their lines of support.

There is no way civilized people can ever deal with those who will not respect other people's borders, other than as the criminals they are. We need to recognize that Al Qaida are the anarchists of the 21st Century--as much, if not more of a threat to nations in their own regions, as to any in the West. Once this becomes clearer, it will begin to get easier, rounding them up.

40 posted on 08/05/2005 2:07:31 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Tenacious 1

Actually if the US has to move in to Gaza because it is/has become a place that harbors terrorists of the Al Qaeda variety, then PM Sharon will have proven the worth of Disengagement.

Have you ever seen the movie "The Mouse that Roared?"


41 posted on 08/05/2005 2:45:11 PM PDT by dervish
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To: Man50D

Neville Chamberlain, meet Ariel Sharon and George W. Bush.


42 posted on 08/05/2005 2:58:14 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Man50D

I've been saying for a long time that it is the perfect safe haven for binladen himself!!
Big surprise!


43 posted on 08/05/2005 3:03:42 PM PDT by jackv
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To: Walkingfeather

"the Cancer is spreading..... Time for some Nuclear medicine.
"

I am more cruel. Once Gaza is isolated from Israel, drop a nice strain of Ebola on the ground during a HAMAS rally.


44 posted on 08/05/2005 4:22:41 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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To: Republicanus_Tyrannus

"The Jihad Brigades in the Promised Land." Who was this land promised to anyhow?


45 posted on 08/05/2005 4:28:23 PM PDT by tessalu
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To: Man50D
could also attack the United States.

Americans tend to not have a very high bull$#!+ tolerance. No Muslim would be able to leave their house for the next 50 years.

46 posted on 08/05/2005 5:45:49 PM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: Man50D

what? Alqaida in Gaza? why, who could imagined something like that!??? this is a surprising development.... someone call NYT


47 posted on 08/05/2005 5:49:40 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: Man50D
The timing of this announcement seems to be VERY suspicious, coming so close to the planned pull out from Gaza. Having Al-Qaeda in Gaza would be the perfect cause to make the Israelis stay.

It makes no sense for Al Qaeda to issue such a message like this? If they had established a base in the Gaza Strip, why would they risk their foothold by making an announcement that could make the Israelis stay in Gaza.

The timing is so close to the pullout from Gaza it can't be coincidental. Whoever is behind this for some reason probably doesn't want the withdrawal to go through for some reason- it's probably best for Sharon to go ahead with the withdrawal plan.
48 posted on 08/05/2005 6:29:48 PM PDT by NatsFan
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To: Man50D

...making themselves easier targets.


49 posted on 08/05/2005 7:26:45 PM PDT by Ode To Ted Kennedys Liver (Senate Republicans' Motto: Quit while you're ahead.|| Democrats' Motto: Going nowhere fast!)
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To: Man50D
Al Qaeda already had a sister org in Gaza, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and a cousin, Hamas.
The Muslim Brotherhood (Jama'at al-ikhwan al-muslimin) spawned a number of terrorist organizations including Egyptian Islamic Jihad (Al-Jihad). Al-Jihad went international, forming a subsidiary in "Palestine", which for a time was run out of Florida. Palestinian Jihad has since effectively merged with another break away from the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
In the 1990's, Al Jihad, run by Ayman Al Zawahiri since 1991, broke with Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, the rival Egyptian Islamist group formed from the Brotherhood. Zawahiri's Islamic Jihad joined with Pakistani and Afghani Salafists and the remains of Sheik Azzam's MAK under the nominial control of Osama Bin Laden. While Bin Laden formed Al Qaeda in 1988, it was not until this merger that it became a major international threat.
50 posted on 08/05/2005 7:44:47 PM PDT by rmlew (http://nycright.blogspot.com/)
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