In a statement on Aug. 16, the department said Dughmoush, the leader of
one of the most powerful Palestinian clans, has trained and equipped the
Army of Islam to conduct attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip, Middle East Newsline reported. Dughmoush
was also held responsible for at least two attacks in Egypt in 2009.
"Under Dughmoush's guidance, the Army of Islam has launched rocket
attacks against Israel from Palestinian territories, kidnapped two Fox News
journalists — one American and one British," the statement said. "The group
is also responsible for early 2009 attacks on Egyptian civilians in Cairo
and Heliopolis, which resulted in casualties and deaths."
In May, Ms. Clinton designated the Army of Islam, founded in 2005,
a foreign terrorist organization. Officials said Dughmoush has been
receiving funds from Saudi Arabia while maintaining a quiet alliance with
the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip.
"A splinter group of Hamas, the Army of Islam is ideologically aligned
with Al Qaida," the department said.