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Jenin Terrorist Leaders Nearly Nabbed by IDF Raid

According to an Israeli IBA news broadcast, a Thursday IDF raid into Jenin in the West Bank nearly netted al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades' Jenin leader, Zakariya Zubeidi and Jenin's Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader, Sheikh Mahmoud Saddai. (In March 2006, we took a closer look at the relatively young Zakariya Zubeidi here.)

The raid was organized after intelligence suggested that the two prominent leaders were at a mourning tent outside of the house of a killed Palestinian. Both leaders managed to evade capture by the IDF. Rumors spread that Zubeidi had been killed, but an al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leader later said that he was "in a safe location."

Had Zubeidi and Saddai been nabbed, this had the potential to be one of the most successful and significant counterterror operations in some time for Israel.