‘Palestinian Osama bin Laden’ Tried to Kill Carter and Blair

September 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Jerusalem Post is reporting on a foiled plot by an ex-Hamas commander and Osama bin Laden supporter, to assassinate former heads of state, Jimmy Carter and Tony Blair during their recent visits to the war torn Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Taleb, head of an Islamic militant group of jihadists, named Jaljalat or Thunder, bragged of the attempts to murder Carter and Blair in an email sent to the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

Mahmoud Taleb, also known as Abu Mutasem al-Maqdisi, left Hamas when the group moved towards “moderation” and participated in the 2006 Palestinian Legislative Council election. He is wanted by Hamas and has been in hiding for two years, as his al-Qaida-inspired militants plan terrorist attacks against Israel and Western interests.

He is described by a veteran journalist as a “Palestinian Osama bin Laden” who seeks to establish “an Islamic ’emirate’ in the Gaza Strip.”

In his e-mail message, Taleb called former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, “infidels.” “The hands of Carter and Blair are stained with Muslim blood,” he said. “It was our duty to kill the two,” wrote Taleb. The ex-Hamas commander said that Hamas foiled the assassination plots and arrested the men involved.

Taleb threatened to start launching attacks against Hamas in retaliation for the group’s confiscation of Talab’s “weapons and ammunition” and the arrest of “…many of our warriors upon their return from jihad missions.”

Taleb also spoke of his allegiance to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. “We don’t belong to al-Qaida organizationally, but we follow their ideology.” “We pray to Allah that we will become part of them. They are our brothers and it’s our duty to support them,” said Taleb.

Hamas security officials believe that Taleb’s group is responsible for last week’s bombings outside two government security institutions in Gaza City.



One Response to “‘Palestinian Osama bin Laden’ Tried to Kill Carter and Blair”

  1. Pro-Al Qaeda group planned to kill Blair & Carter, in June visits to Gaza « Tony Blair on September 7th, 2009 3:35 pm

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