Al-Qaida claims it set Israeli forest fire: More than 40 deaths reported, homes burned

Posted: December 13, 20108:12 pm Eastern

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Although Israel officially denies it, the al-Qaida-linked Masada al-Mujahidin, or Lions of the Mujahidin in Palestine, have claimed responsibility for starting the fire that devastated the forests of Mount Carmel, saying it was in retaliation for the death of fighters in the Gaza Strip, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

The Masada al-Mujahidin posted a video message on jihadist forums declaring responsibility.

If al-Qaida did cause the devastating fire, it would be the first time the terrorist organization has struck inside Israel, even though it has threatened attacks on Israel over the years.

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