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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Al-Qaeda did it?

DEBKA is reporting that Sunday night's terror attack in the Jordan Valley was carried out by al-Qaeda.
Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the murder of two Israeli policemen Sunday night outside Masuah in the Jordan Valley Sunday night, March 15, DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources reveal.

The claim appeared Monday in a leaflet circulated in Jordan and the West Bank announcing that the shooting of the two Israeli policemen was al Qaeda's first operation "on the West Bank" and there were more to come.

(DEBKAfile publishes the leaflet here for the first time.)


The pamphlet details the mechanics and timing of the lethal ambush: "Our team waylaid the Israeli security vehicle on Highway 90 and killed its passengers." It also revealed that the killers set out on their mission immediately after Osama bin Laden's last tape was aired by Al Jazeera Saturday "to carry out his orders."

It does not specify whether they came from Jordan or the West Bank. Bin Laden stated that, as the Americans start pulling out of Iraq jihad must be relocated to "the Palestinian territories."

DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources point to his key phrase as being: "Jordan… is the best and widest front, and from Jordan the second launching will be toward the West Bank."
I was unable to enlarge the leaflet and I don't read Arabic in any event. If anyone can enlarge the leaflet (which is too small to read) and can read it, please let me know what you find.

I have not seen this story elsewhere but that's not to say it's not plausible.


At 12:12 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The professionalism of the operation and the fact the killers managed to elude capture does far suggests this is more than an attack by run of the mill Palestinian terrorists. There's no way to be sure Al Qaeda was behind it but the possibility, given the way the attack was executed, can't be completely excluded.


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