Palestinian "Authority" "Prime Minister" Ahmed Qureia and his Qeystone Qops claim to have arrested suspected militants for the roadside bombing that killed three Americans in the Gaza Strip yesterday. More likely than not, this was just a publicity stunt to placate the Americans. If it wasn't, then it proves that the PA has both the will and might to confront armed factions when it chooses to do so. We also learn something else interesting:
It was established Wednesday that American personnel who coordinate the movements of U.S. officials in the territories communicate travel plans in advance to PA security officials, sending the detailed information by fax or telephone. Such reports spell out the names of persons who are taking part in work trips in the territories, the times when U.S. vehicles are to be moving through various areas, and the routes to be taken by the cars.Ah those Palestinians, who never miss an opportunity to blow up an opportunity. Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at October 16, 2003 11:14 AM
In view of this practice of relaying advance information, some analysts speculated Wednesday that the terrorists who perpetrated the attack had advance knowledge of the U.S. convoy's intention to cross into the village of Beit Hanun.
At least a portion of the information attained by the terrorists, the analysts hypothesized, came from official PA sources.