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Saturday, May 21, 2005



Al-Qaeda In Palestine?


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(Scotsman.com) AL-QAEDA has established a foothold in Palestine with a new militant group based in Gaza formed by extremists who have become disillusioned with Hamas and Islamic Jihad...

Amid the biggest flare-up of violence in Gaza since a ceasefire was declared three months ago by Palestinians and Israelis, the Jerusalem Post has quoted unnamed Palestinian Authority security officials as saying that a new group called Jundallah or 'Allah's Brigade' had links to the terrorist organisation headed by Osama bin Laden.

This new terrorists group, Jundallah, has already launched attacks Israeli soldiers wounding four, and plans to launch more attacks not only against Israeli's but US interests in the region as well. Abu Abdullah al-Khattab, a spokesman for the new terrorists organization has denied any connections with Osama Bin Laden, but if proven otherwise this would pose a serious problem for Abbas as he already is having trouble stopping terrorist activities within Palestine.

"While this information about Jundallah has yet to be confirmed, there's no doubt that al-Qaeda has tried and continues to try and recruit members of other organisations such as Hamas or Islamic Jihad," said Dr Ely Karmon, a senior researcher in international terrorism at Israel's International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism.

"It is a great concern for Israel if al-Qaeda does get a foothold in the Palestinian territories since with al-Qaeda, all bets are off. Unlike Hamas and other local groups who face direct consequences once they carry out a terrorist operation, al-Qaeda are ready to sacrifice many Muslims to further their cause."

If Jundallah is found to have connections with Al-Qaeda, then Abbas will either be forced to take serious action against the terrorists or have action taken against them by Israeli forces with possible repercussions from the United States. Despite being elected by the Palestinian people, Abbas has proven himself unable or unwilling to face the armed militants, creating fertile ground for Hamas and Islamic Jihad to not only grow but also thrive from the Palestinian Authorities incompetence.

Jundallah's very existence is major threat to the current "cease fire" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as well as the many varied terrorists groups throughout the region. If Abbas is unable to fight or at least curb Palestinian terrorism, whether from factions or Jundallah, then it is not a question of if but when Bin Laden's network establishes itself in the heart of the middle-east conflict. Such a presence would torpedo what is left of the current "cease fire," and may potentially end any future ones as well.



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