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2 years ago  ::  May 11, 2012 - 12:06PM #1
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"Moderate" Fatah and "moderate" Al Qaeda - perfect together

Is anyone still claiming that Fatah is moderate? And what exactly does moderate mean?

Captured Bin-Laden Letters Claim "Moderate" Fatah Offered Tribute to Group Sympathizing with Al-Qaeda

On May 3, 2012, West Point's Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) released translations of Osama Bin Laden's correspondence with other al-Qaeda figures that was seized in the raid that killed him. The translations reveal that an organization communicating and sympathizing with al-Qaeda had received an offer of tribute from Fatah, the Palestinian party governing the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, which is widely depicted as moderate.

While David Gartenstein-Ross cautions that "this does not actually demonstrate tribute money being offered to 'al-Qaeda,' " it nevertheless should raise some concern because the Palestinian Authority has received billions of dollars in aid from Western countries. The United States recently approved several hundred million dollars more in assistance.

The full translated passage in the CTC document reads:

    The Fatah organization has also offered us funds purportedly to support jihad, but there is another reason, namely their fear of becoming the target of our swords. These funds would go directly towards the purchase and manufacture of weapons, and to support operations which we will conduct, God willing. ...
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Many news organizations reported on the trove of letters, but a Nexis search turned up only three major news organizations, the Daily Telegraph, the Christian Science Monitor and the Calgary Herald, that reported on the Fatah tribute offer.
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full article:
blog.camera.org/archives/2012/05/capture...

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2 years ago  ::  May 11, 2012 - 12:09PM #2
rocketjsquirell
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Osama bin Laden papers: top 5 revelations

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. Al Qaeda honchos offered “tributes”

Like tribute money offered to Mafia dons, funds were offered to Al Qaeda out of fear. One letter in the new trove explores whether Al Qaeda leaders should accept such money. It notes, for example, that Fatah, the largest faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, “has offered us funds, purportedly to [support] jihad, but there is another reason, namely their fear of becoming targets of our swords.”

On the plus side, the author notes that “these funds would go towards the purchase and manufacture of weapons.” It also points to insider fighting, noting that these funds might be used to counter the influence of Hamas, “who fear the growth of our influence and dominion.”

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full article:
www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2012/0503...

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