US concerned over possible al-Qaeda-Hamas link

David Welch, advisor to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, expressed concern on Friday over a possible connection between al-Qaeda and Hamas following al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's call for terror attacks in response to the situation of the Palestinians. Welch said in an interview with the Al-Hayat newspaper that Hamas had orchestrated many terror attacks with the help of international terror organizations. Washington was engaged in efforts to stem the flow of money and weaponry to the Hamas, he said, but the organization had apparently discovered a way unknown to the American government to move money to the territories.