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NEWS: Israel Kills Top Militant linked to Yasser Arafat

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posted on Jun, 26 2004 @ 06:03 PM
In a raid a house in Nablus Israeli forces killed at least 5 Palestinians. Among the dead was Nayef Abu Sharkh and five other Palestinian gunmen. Sharkh a leader within the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. al-Aqsa is known to have carried out dozens of suicide bombings and attacks against Israelis and is linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction...

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NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israel has dealt its heaviest blow to a key militant group within Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction, killing its most senior West Bank commander.

Israeli troops shot dead Nayef Abu Sharkh and five other Palestinian gunmen on Saturday during an ambush on their hideout in a house in Nablus, a militant stronghold. It was the deadliest raid into the West Bank for months. The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, whose militants have carried out dozens of suicide bombings and attacks against Israelis, vowed revenge and said in a statement its retaliation would be "unprecedented" and "like an earthquake."

The militant group, one of the driving forces behind a Palestinian uprising that began in September 2000, operates largely from the West Bank where Arafat lives.

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Also among the dead were two lower ranking terrorists with ties to Hamas.

It would seem that despite clear moves toward peace in Israel with the planed Gaza pull out many on both sides of this conflict seemed hopeful. Yet Israel will not relent in its hunt for terrorists. It seems to often in this conflict the path to peace is often set ablaze by both Israeli forces and Palestinian terrorists.

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posted on Jun, 26 2004 @ 06:23 PM
Way to go

Their policy of taking out the leaders is working as they expected. That combined with the wall have reduced successful bombings to none in the last month or so.

Remember all the curses and threts made from Hamas when Israel took out their last two leaders? All the devastation they threatened to wreak on Israel. What came of that? Nothing. They have been so decapitated that they are unable to launch reprisals.


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