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Thursday, February 19, 2004

Representatives of Arab terror groups convened to plan "huge" new offensive against Israeli targets

Hamas, Hez b'Allah, al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and Ansar al-Islam
met with Syrian, Lebanese and Iranian intelligence officials
Arutz Sheva: The Arab news portal Albawaba.com reported today that Muslim terrorist groups - including Hamas, Hizbullah, Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Ansar Al-Islam and others - decided on a renewed offensive of attacks on Israelis and Israeli interests abroad. The attacks will include suicide bombings and assassinations of Israeli officials.

According to Albawaba, "The unordinary meeting was held on February 3-4 in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon - near Tripoli" The report is based on an interview, carried Thursday in the Kuwaiti Al-Siyasah newspaper, with an unnamed Arab diplomat in Amman, Jordan.

According to the diplomat, forty people, including representatives of the Arab terror groups, Syrian, Lebanese and Iranian intelligence officials, met in northern Lebanon in early February. The decision for the new offensive, according to the newspaper, came as a result of growing criticism among Arabs of their "silence" over Israeli activities.

The only objection to the plans, according to the diplomat, came from Syrian and Lebanese officials – who expressed the request that their borders not be used for the attacks.