So to speak.
The radical Islamist group Fatah al-Islam, which was recently crushed by the Lebanese army, has begun operating inside the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority officials said Tuesday.And Fatah al-Islam will not be lonely:
Lebanese army soldiers sit on their tank, during a patrol in front of destroyed buildings, that were destroyed during the fighting between the Lebanese army and Fatah Islam group, inside the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.
In a statement issued in the Gaza Strip, the group claimed responsibility for the firing of homemade rockets at Sderot on two different occasions over the past few weeks.
The Sunni Islamist group, whose name means "Conquest of Islam," was established in November 2006 and draws inspiration from al-Qaida.
Earlier this year, the group engaged in fierce fighting with the Lebanese army in the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon. Dozens of Palestinians and Lebanese were killed in the clashes, which also resulted in the destruction of hundreds of homes in the camp.
...If the claim is true, Fatah al-Islam joins a long list of radical Islamist groups that have popped up in the Gaza Strip in recent years. They include Hizb al-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), Fatah al-Yasser, Qaida al-Islam, Army of Islam, Suyuf al-Haq (Swords of Justice) and the Nasser Eddin Brigades.Just as stagnant water attracts bacteria--without consistent Israeli countermeasures in Gaza, terrorists are drawn to the one area where the West will allow terrorism to fester.
Fatah al-Islam knows a good thing when it sees one.