“Fiend or Ally?” Update. “U.S. partner’s ‘military wing’ named for arch-terrorist,” by Aaron Klein for World Net Daily:
JERUSALEM — The declared military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization has formed a cell to attack Israel named after assassinated Hezbollah arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyah, WND has learned.
Mughniyah, one of the most-wanted terrorists in the world, was killed in a bomb blast last week. He was responsible for infamous deadly attacks against the U.S. and Israel, including involvement in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon.
Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades took responsibility for a shooting attack yesterday against an Israeli bus in the northern West Bank. No one was injured in the shooting.
Brigades leaders told WND the attack was perpetuated by a new cell of their group calling itself the “Cells of the Martyr Mughniyah.”
The new Mughniyah cell consists entirely of Fatah gunmen from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, said the Brigades leaders.
“This cell will lead more attacks to commemorate this huge man Mughniyah and his contributions to the Palestinian revolution and fight against Israeli occupation. The Palestinian people owe him many operations and his huge support for the intifada,” Abu Oudai, a senior Brigades leader in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, told WND.
Oudai threatened that Fatah’s Mughniyah terror cells would carry out more attacks to avenge the Hezbollah leader’s death, including suicide bombings inside Israel.
Senior Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leaders confirmed to WND the formation of the new Mughniyah cells. They said it was officially sanctioned by the Brigades.
The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah’s official military wing, took responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel in 2005 and 2006 and for scores of deadly shootings and rocket attacks.
As a gesture to Abbas, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in June granted amnesty to hundreds of Brigades members on condition they turn in their weapons and refrain from attacks. Most gunmen continued to carry out anti-Israel attacks and openly brandished their weapons.
U.S. policy considers Abbas moderate. Olmert is negotiating with Abbas, aiming to create a Palestinian state by the end of the year in line with last November’s U.S.-backed Annapolis summit.