WikiLeaks recently revealed that “Iran developed camera-equipped suicide vests for al Qaeda’s attacks on US troops under the instruction of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Center in Tehran.”
Now Islamic Jihad’s “Jerusalem Brigades” in the Gaza Strip have been equipped with the same SVIED (Suicide Vest Improvised Explosive Devices) and have transferred some to al Qaeda cells in the territory.
The suicide vest is fitted with miniature cameras enabling the bomber to monitor and relay images of an on-coming attack before it reaches target. This enables the bomber to stay in touch with his command every step of the way and to obtain images of the environment he is entering.
Reportedly, Iranian proxy, Islamic Jihad which has now entered a de facto fraternity with Osama Bin Laden’s al Qaeda are a “thorn in the sides of the Hamas rulers.”
“Jihad commanders are training the al Qaeda squads in the use of the novel suicide weapon of exactly the same type as Iran gave al Qaeda in Iraq and are joining them for missions against Israeli targets across the Gaza border.”
Hamas has warned the Jerusalem Brigades to cease cooperation with al Qaeda in the Gaza Strip or else their training facilities and weapons caches will be destroyed.
The Islamic Jihad sent back a two-arm reply:
* Any members carrying out attacks on Israel by firing rockets, planting bombs or using explosive vests without explicit instructions from their commanders will be expelled from the Islamic Jihad and ostracized.
*Jihad leaders are ready for dialogue with Hamas, provided that its fighters are attached to the Hamas special force known to the IDF as the “Hamas Covert Unit,” which was recently established to keep random missile fire against Israel in check.
Harakat al-Jihad al-Islami al-Filastini, or Palestinian Islamic Jihad, was founded in 1979 by Fathi Shaqaqi and other radical Palestinian students in Egypt who split from the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood in the Gaza Strip whom they saw as too moderate. The 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran influenced Shaqaqi, who believed the liberation of Palestine would unite the Arab and Muslim world into a single great Islamic state. Today they still stand steadfast in their objective to create a state by annihilating Israel.
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