“PA probing militant group’s claim it kidnapped American in Nablus,” by Amos Harel and Yoav Stern in Haaretz, with thanks to Middle-East-Info:
Palestinian security officials said Wednesday that they were investigating reports by a previously unknown militant group in the West Bank that it has kidnapped an American student.
The group, calling itself Ansar Assuna, said it had seized Michael Leighton Phillips in Nablus.
Phillips, who was teaching in West Bank refugee camps, was reported missing Wednesday and his project manager said he had been kidnapped.
The group faxed a copy of the Phillips’s passport, Israeli visa and student identification card to news agencies.
Charles at LGF says it’s possible that Phillips is a useful idiot, who is now getting a rude awakening about what he has been supporting.