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2003-10-20 Middle East
Israeli strike misses Islamic Jihad leader
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Posted by Paul Moloney 2003-10-20 5:26:18 AM|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [269 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 And fiftten rubber baby ducks were killed.
Posted by Anonymous 2003-10-20 6:14:07 AM||   2003-10-20 6:14:07 AM|| Front Page Top

#2 Did they target al-Shami and miss, or target a weapons factory?

well given their recent accuracy, I'd suspect the latter. Also fits better with my sense of the current politics of the situation. If Arafats future is clouded, (by either ill health or internal Pal politics) as it appears, does it make sense to target the Hamas/IJ leadership NOW? Yes, weaken them prior to Arafats departure and the succession struggle, but not take on the political consequences of a high level assasination. I think thats the only explanation for Israeli policy SINCE the Haifa bombing (not targeting terr leaders) and policy at the beginning of the summer - now, unlike then, Arafat may actually be on the way out.
Posted by liberalhawk 2003-10-20 9:09:11 AM||   2003-10-20 9:09:11 AM|| Front Page Top

#3 From the update on the post above, it appears they were targetting the workshop/arms warehouse - they attacked the pickup that loaded goods then fled
Posted by Frank G  2003-10-20 9:24:51 AM||   2003-10-20 9:24:51 AM|| Front Page Top

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