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Link between Hamas, al-Qaida feared

Palestinian group’s fight has been Israel, not U.S. From its legions of suicide bombers to its charity health clinics, Hamas has become the leading symbol of virulent Palestinian resistance to Israel. But all along, the organization’s leaders have been adamant that they intend only to fight a one-front war, limiting casualties to Israel and the occupied territories even while seeking money and support worldwide. That’s why an alleged Hamas reconnaissance of Maryland’s Bay Bridge has set off alarms among U.S. counterterrorism investigators. Although the videotaping of the bridge may turn out to be vacation footage from a family beach trip, authorities are treating the tape in the worst possible light – as a potential link between Hamas and al-Qaida, which has its sights set on death and destruction in the United States. “There is a tremendous fear that this is the wave of the future, this cross-pollination at the field level by working for other groups, either in reconnaissance or in operations, because they have a very large network in the United States,” said Steven Emerson, author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us. Full Story

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