Tuesday, December 06, 2011

6-Dec-11: So those rockets were from Hezbollah after all (it appears)

Hezbollah rocket men - they're deployed right
across southern Lebanon, with a vast arsenal
pointing at Israeli homes
Here's a follow up to what we wrote ("29-Nov-11: Rockets from our north - once again") about last week's rocket attacks on northern Israel.
Qaida-Linked Group Denies Israel Rocket Attack, Blames Hizbullah 
An al-Qaida-inspired group has denied claiming responsibility for a recent rocket attack from southern Lebanon against Israel, instead blaming a group linked to Hizbullah, a U.S. monitoring group said Monday. In a statement issued on jihadist forums, the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam said the November 29 attack should be seen as a warning to the West and Israel from embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the SITE Intelligence Group said. "The Brigades declared that the attack ... is to be construed as a message from Assad to Israel and the West, that if his regime is made to fall, then the field will open to the youth of the Sunni people to attack the Jewish state," the statement said. The group gave examples of what it said was Syria's and Hizbullah's "cunning," claiming, for example, that Syrian intelligence was behind the March kidnapping of seven Estonian cyclists in Lebanon’s Bekaa region. The seven were freed unharmed in July. The Brigades in their statement said it was clear that Damascus and its Lebanese ally Hizbullah were keen for political reasons to blame the group for any security incidents in Lebanon, including a July attack on U.N. troops.
Wikipedia says this about the American intelligence unit that appears to be the a source of this intriguing analysis: "The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group is an organization that tracks the online activity of terrorist organizations. The SITE Institute was founded in 2002 by Rita Katz and Josh Devon, who had left the Investigative Project (a private Islamist-terrorist tracking group). In early 2008 it ceased its operations, and some of its staff formed the SITE Intelligence Group, a for-profit entity, to continue some of its activities."

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