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Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Hamas official admitted Friday that militants from his group abducted three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June, but the official said the kidnappers did not tell their leaders about the action. Saleh Aruri, a Hamas Political Bureau member, said in a statement from Doha, Qatar, the operation to abduct the teens was not approved by the Hamas leadership or its military wing, the Qassam Brigades. "At that time, the Hamas leadership had no knowledge about this group or the operation it had just carried," Aruri said, referring to the abductors. "It turned out later, however, that they were members of Hamas."

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Was there any doubt? Thugs are thugs wether masquerading as a political party or a religious organization. Thats no excuse to kill innocents though. 2000+ dead in Gaza, thats crazy.

#1 | Posted by soulfly at 2014-08-23 12:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

"At that time, the Hamas leadership had no knowledge about this group or the operation it had just carried," Aruri said, referring to the abductors. "It turned out later, however, that they were members of Hamas."

I believe them. One fatal flaw of using independent cells that all use your name instead of having a central leadership. We see Lone Wolfs in America pop up sometimes doing horrible things in the name of a group they either want to join or have joined.

#2 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-23 12:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

yEAH, Sure thing.

"I KNOW NOTHING!"

Master Sergeant Hans Georg Schultz

#3 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-08-23 09:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

Is it my imagination or does it sound like Hamas is saying they didn't approve of the kidnapping THIS time?

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-23 10:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

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No. It's they didn't about "THIS" one at "THAT" time. Similar to

".....as we know, there are known knowns; there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know."

#5 | Posted by soulfly at 2014-08-23 10:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sure they did....yea kidnapping is not the worst thing they have done.

#6 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-08-23 11:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Jim.

#7 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-08-24 02:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

Countries or groups of outliers that order or carry out operations that kill innocent civilians need to be hunted down like vermin and the leaders put on trial. There needs to be accountability.

#8 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-24 12:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

Is it my imagination or does it sound like Hamas is saying they didn't approve of the kidnapping THIS time?

Hamas hasn't been shy about wanting credit for terrorist acts they ordered, so yes there's definitely some reticence on this incident.

But Hamas may be creating a structure in which cells often take action without central approval. Israel takes its leaders out with strikes and assassinations, so the organization would be as decentralized as necessary to keep functioning.

So if it creates such a structure, it can't claim no responsibility for what those cells do.

#9 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-24 02:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

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