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Al-Qaeda-Inspired Group Sets Up Shop in Gaza

And the Palestinian Authority is worried about it:

“Hamas is responsible for the presence of Fatah al-Islam in the Gaza Strip,” said Ahmed Abdel Rahman, a top aide to PA President Mahmoud Abbas. “This is an extremely dangerous development because Fatah al-Islam, which is not linked to Fatah, is a radical terrorist organization.”

Abdel Rahman said the state of anarchy and lawlessness created by Hamas’s violent takeover of the Gaza Strip six months ago was the main reason behind the emergence of such radical groups there.

“The Hamas government and its illegal militias are fully responsible for the infiltration of Fatah al-Islam into the Gaza Strip,” he added. “The presence of this dangerous gang of mercenaries in the Gaza Strip will bring more tragedies and disasters to the Palestinians.”

Khaled Abu Toameh has more here.

ME: Of course, anyone who doesn’t know that Hamas also is al-Qaeda inspired doesn’t really understand the ideological landscape.

Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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