Rhetorically speaking, when haven’t they been calling for jihad against the Jews? Are they now saying that they’re, really, really, really angry with Jews after knocking off a couple of their fellow jihadis in Gaza?
Al-Qaida group urges jihad after Gaza leaders slain
Salafist Jihadist groups say death of Salafist-Jihadist leaders is part of jihad against Jews, threaten large-scale retaliation.
PHOTO: REUTERS/ERIK DE CASTRO
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an al- Qaida-affiliate group active in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, issued a statement late Wednesday expressing condolences for the deaths of two Salafist-Jihadist leaders killed in Gaza.
Israel killed the two men, Hisham Ali Abd al-Karim Saidani and Ashraf al-Sabah, in an air strike earlier this month.
Saidani, also known by his codename, Abu al-Walid al- Maqdisi, was a top operative of Jamaat al-Tawhid wal- Jihad, considered the most important jihadist organization in the Gaza Strip.
Sabah was the founder of another jihadist group, Ansar al-Sunnah.
AQAP’s statement, published on the As-Ansar website and a number of other jihadist forums, and translated by The Jerusalem Post, said, “We ask God to heal our wounded mujahadin brethren in Palestine for their loss, and to reward them with great patience and resolve on the path of jihad and sacrifice for Palestine’s liberation.”
AQAP said in its statement that the two terrorists were martyrs who had died “at the hands of the rapist Jews,” and that their sacrifices were part of jihad against the Jews.