Four terror groups, including militants from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, which the U.S. considers moderate, warned today America is now officially a target for attacks both in the region and abroad.
The terror groups blamed the U.S. for "attacking Muslim land" in Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan, and for providing support to the Israeli Defense Forces, which last week accidentally hit a residential area with artillery fire while trying to stop rockets from being launched from the northern Gaza Strip into nearby Jewish communities.
Several Palestinian terror leaders in Gaza said their organizations will soon lead attacks against U.S. interests.
"We call upon all mujahedeen in Palestine and around the world to start hitting Americans without mercy. The Americans are destroying Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan and are bombarding our Muslim land," read a statement signed by Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the Popular Resistance Committees, the Fatah-affiliated Abu Rish Brigades, and a new group calling itself the Brigades of the Believers.
Meanwhile Palestinian terror groups said their organizations will lead attacks against the U.S.
Abu Ahmed, a senior leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in Gaza, told WND, "We asked the Palestinian people and the mujahedeen to target Americans. American targets will very soon be subjected to our military plans inside Israel and the territories. We are still deciding whether to only target U.S. interests in Palestine or also abroad."
Abu Ahmed said some cells of the Al Aqsa Brigades don't support the call to target Americans, but the majority of the Brigades agree the U.S. should be attacked.
"Most members (of the Brigades) will participate in attacks within Israel and the territories even if some members of our organization don't like this new development (of targeting Americans)," Abu Ahmed said.
The Al Aqsa Brigades is the declared "military wing" of Abbas' Fatah party. Abu Ahmed is a member of Fatah, which the U.S. largely considers moderate. The U.S. has provided large sums of aid, weaponry and advanced military training to Fatah militants.
"We will reach Americans either inside or outside. We will not hesitate to target the U.S.," Abu Abir said.