Of course by now everyone knows there were no Al Qieda in Iraq and Saddam did not provide Al Quieda with any training or support facilities and that Al Quieda is really just a bunch of poor mis-understood out of work investment bankers from New Jersey, right?
Well it seems the dear lads have established a presence among the Palis in Gaza. This is just good franchising - what with their groups in the Filipines, Indonesia, England, various US states, South America, and a few other places.
[quote]Al-Qaeda gains Palestine foothold
ANNETTE YOUNG IN JERUSALEM,
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.
The new terror group consists mainly of former Hamas and Islamic Jihad members who believe these two militant groups have become too moderate. It has close ties to al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.
Khaled Abu Toameh, a journalist for the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s oldest and most respected English-language daily, has interviewed PA officials who said the establishment of Jundallah confirmed suspicions that al-Qaeda was attempting to gain a foothold in Gaza ahead of the planned Israeli withdrawal beginning on August 15. b[/b]