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Gaza as the Waziristan of the Middle East - terror enclave opens for business as Al Qaeda announces plans to move in

August 16, 2005

Gaza: al Qaeda Safe Haven After Israeli Pullout

August 2005: It is common knowledge (or should be by now) that Hamas and al Qaeda have a working relationship in the terrorism business. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that al Qaeda will increase its presence in the Gaza Strip following Israel's scheduled pullout from that area later this month.

In fact, al Qaeda has already announced on a web site known to be associated with Iraqi terrorist thug Abu Musab al Zarqawi that it had set up a military wing in the Gaza Strip. According to the Islamic web site, the terrorists have already begun shelling the Jewish Gaza Strip settlements of Neveh Dekalim and Ganei Tal from the Palestinian refugee camp of Khan Younis.

According to retired Major General Jacob Amidror, a former commander of Israel's National Defense College and former head of the army's research and assessment division, "it is not surprising that al Qaeda would claim to have set up a cell in the Gaza Strip because of what he called ‘historical relations' between al Qaeda and Hamas." He said that Hamas, which is on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist organizations, recently won big in Palestinian municipal elections and is considered to be strong in the Gaza Strip. Al Qaeda could take advantage of the Gaza Strip as a new "safe haven" in the Middle East, said Amidror. "Ironically, it will be the only place where nobody will initiate action against them. They will be under the umbrella of the Palestinian Authority. Israel will not feel free to act inside Gaza, and the U.S. for sure won't act," he said.

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