Izz al-Din Commander Vows Continued 'Jihad'

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Mohammed Deif, commander of Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas terror organization, broke a two-year silence in the forward to a new book.

Deif lives in hiding after having escaped several attempts on his life, the last one thought to have left him seriously disabled.

In the forward to a book released by Hamas, Deif vows to continue jihad ("holy" war) unto either victory or death.

"We vow to follow in the path of the heroic shahids [martyrs], in the path of Sheikh Yassin [Hamas spiritual leader killed in an Israeli air strike in March 2004], in the path of those who have chosen to fight the enemy," Deif wrote.

The book's publication, during the Egyptian-brokered tadhiyeh (temporary calm) -- which began June 19 -- is further indication that the Gaza-based terror group is using the cease-fire to regroup for the next round of fighting.

Sources: YNet news, The Associated Press

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