Hamas

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden’s deputy, released a video tape portraying the ongoing conflicts in Lebanon and in the Palestinian Authority as a “campaign waged by Crusaders and Zionists against Muslims”, and issued a warning to Israel.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden’s deputy, appeared in a video tape released to the Al-Jazeera TV station (July 27), addressing for the first time the ongoing conflicts in Lebanon and in the Palestinian Authority. The tape shows Al-Zawahiri giving a speech against the backdrop of the burning World Trade Center, a reminder of Al-Qaeda’s September 11
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Shamil Basayev, leader of the Chechen separatists was killed by the Russian security forces

Shamil Basayev, leader of the Chechen separatists and responsible for the Beslan school massacre, was killed by the Russian security forces.His organization is identified with Al-Qaeda and the global jihad. Hamas identifies with and is inspired by Chechen separatist ideology.
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The Hamas civilian infrastructure in PA territories

During Operation Summer Rains the IDF has carried out intensive activities against more than 40 institutions and offices belonging to Hamas’s civilian infrastructure (da’wah) in Judea and Samaria. Materials have been confiscated from those offices and institutions that are outlawed by Israel, including Hamas documents, materials inciting hatred and violence, and documents dealing with the
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Operation Summer Rains (Update No. 6, July 6, 12 noon)

During the night of July 5, nine days after the beginning of Operation Summer Rains, IDF infantry and armored forces entered the northern Gaza Strip to impede the launching of Qassam rockets. The step was taken in response to the attacks on the center of the city of Ashqelon during the two previous days
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On June 11, the Israeli security forces thwarted abduction and killing attempts planned by Jamal Abu Samhadana, the leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, who was killed in an Israeli Air Force strike

A joint operation carried out on June 11 by the Israel Security Agency and the IDF led to the arrest of two terrorists belonging to the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) during an attempt to infiltrate into Israel through Egypt. In their interrogation, the two admitted that they had been dispatched to Israel by Jamal Abu
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Syria as strategic support for Hamas

This Bulletin examines Syria as a provider of strategic support for Hamas, with the abduction of the Israeli soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit and Operation Summer Rains in the background.
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