In a message issued yesterday, August 16, 2005, the Jihad Brigades in the Land of al-Ribat (Palestine) announced their pledge of loyalty to both Mullah Mohammad Omar and Sheik Usama bin Laden, stating they would obey them ?in every thing but anything against Allah?s obedience and His prophet.? The group predicates their loyalty on the scholarly belief that one ?must have an Imam or a leader whom you have to obey,? and states that their pledge is to be heard, ?loud and clear to the infidel rulers and all who support them.? Further, as they pledge to bin Laden, the group also announces that they will not hesitate to follow the command to cross ?the seas to reach the heart of America.?
In the past, the group issued a claim of responsibility on August 1, 2005 for rocket attacks on Jewish settlements in Khan Younes, Naved Galin, and Ganital.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.