Arafat's suicide squads
dispatched to Baghdad
Fatah movement sends Saddam hundreds of 'human bombs' to attack allied forces
Posted: March 30, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com
One of the top commanders of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, the largest faction of the PLO, says hundreds of Palestinians living in Lebanon have
been sent to Iraq to carry out suicide attacks against American and British soldiers, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.
Col. Munir Maqdah told the Nazareth-based as Sennarah weekly that Fatah has decided to ''strike at American interests all over the world.'' He
added: ''Resisting the American aggression on Iraq supports the Palestinian people and the intifada. What is happening in Iraq is the battle of the
Palestinian people first and the Arab and Muslim nation second.''
Maqdah said his men were already in Baghdad, prepared to launch suicide attacks, and that another group of Fatah suicide bombers is due there shortly.
Palestinian sources said the Fatah volunteers entered Iraq through Syria.
Fatah, which is the first Palestinian group to recruit women for suicide missions, has several thousand militiamen in Lebanon's Palestinian refugee
camps, and is headed by Arafat, who also holds the title of chairman of the Palestinian Authority. Most of the Fatah gunmen continue to receive their
salaries from the PLO.
Fatah is responsible for a number of suicide attacks against Israel over the past 30 months. Palestinians say some of the attacks were carried out on
the personal instructions of Maqdah, according to the Post.
Last week, Israeli security forces announced the capture of a Fatah teenager sent with a suitcase filled with explosives to blow up a home for 180
orphans and homeless children in Jerusalem.
Leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad have repeatedly urged Iraqis to endorse the suicide attacks as an effective weapon against the Americans and
On Friday, tens of thousands of Palestinians, chanting, ''Oh beloved Saddam, bomb Tel Aviv'' and ''Death to America,'' rallied in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip in their biggest show of support ever for Iraq. They burned effigies of President Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
During "Gulf War I," Arafat ñ virtually alone among even Arab leaders ñ threw his lot in publicly with Saddam Hussein.
"We will enter Jerusalem victoriously and raise our flag on its walls. ... We will fight you [the Israelis] with stones, rifles, and 'El-Abed' [the
Iraqi missile)]," Arafat said at the start of that war, according to a March 29, 1990, Associated Press report.
A few days later, on April 2, Saddam responded publicly to Arafat's expression of loyalty, saying, "In the name of Allah, we shall cause fire to
devour half of Israel," according to the Iraqi News Agency. The next day, Arafat replied, "We say to the brother and leader Saddam Hussein -- go
forward with Allah's blessing."
Though Iraqi Scud missiles assaulted Israel during that brief war, the Jewish state did not respond militarily, at the urging of the U.S. However,
Sharon has made plain that such restraint on Israel's part would not be forthcoming in the event of an Iraqi attack on Israel in the current
In recent weeks, the Bush administration has explained repeatedly that, after deposing Saddam and ending his support for terrorism, the U.S.
president's No. 1 priority in the region will be to facilitate the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Repeated polls show a large majority
of Palestinians today favor terrorism as a means of attaining political goals.