Hamas to attack America, links with al-Qaeda
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Signaling a change in tactics, Hamas' military wing on Wednesday called on Muslims around the world to attack American targets after a deadly Israeli tank strike in the Gaza Strip.
"America is offering political, financial and logistic cover for the Zionist occupation crimes, and it is responsible for the Beit Hanoun massacre. Therefore, the people and the nation all over the globe are required to teach the American enemy tough lessons," Hamas said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.
While critical of the U.S., Hamas has always focused its violent campaign of suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Israeli targets.
Wednesday's threat signaled that the group is identifying with global Islamic extremist movements, such as al-Qaida.