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White House hopes Hamas does not offer Al-Qaeda refuge

(AFP) The United States on Monday said it hoped Hamas would not offer Al-Qaeda refuge in the Gaza Strip after the network voiced support for the Palestinian Islamist group. Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man Ayman al-Zawahiri voiced backing for Hamas and warned against any offensive to wrest control of Gaza from the Islamist movement, in an Internet tape on Monday. In the audio message, Al-Qaeda’s number two charged that Egypt and Saudi Arabia were planning to join an “offensive” against Hamas, which seized Gaza 10 days ago from the secular Fatah party of president Mahmud Abbas. And in a dramatic change of tone, Zawawhiri urged Muslim fighters to back Hamas with funds and weapons, saying it was a “religious duty.” “Today we must support the mujahedeen (holy warriors) in Palestine, including the Hamas mujahedeen, despite all the mistakes made by their leadership,” Zawahiri said on the Al-Hasbah site often used by Al-Qaeda. “We certainly hope that Hamas does not encourage nor allow Al-Qaeda operatives to use the Gaza Strip as a safe haven. That would do nothing for the Palestinian people,” National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in Washington. The Egyptian-born Zawahiri frequently emerges in video or audio tapes to speak for the Al-Qaeda network. With the Al-Qaeda chief now staying out of the public eye, he has become its most senior spokesman as well. The bearded, bespectacled Zawahiri has a 25-million-dollar US bounty on his head and officials say he is the Al-Qaeda network’s main strategist and ideologist as well as its second-in-command.


June 25, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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