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38 Killed As Lebanon Fights Al Qaeda (Syria)

From the terrorist enablers at Reuters:

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Lebanon army battles militants in north, 38 killed

By Nazih Siddiq

Lebanese troops battled al Qaeda-linked militants based in a Palestinian refugee camp on Sunday and 38 people were killed in Lebanon’s bloodiest internal fighting since the 1975-90 civil war.

Thirteen soldiers and 19 militants died in the clashes, which erupted before dawn at the Nahr al-Bared camp and spread into the nearby Sunni Muslim city of Tripoli in north Lebanon.

A cabinet minister said the fighting with Fatah al-Islam, which the government says is backed by Syria, seemed timed to try to derail U.N. moves to set up an international court to try those suspected of carrying out political killings in Lebanon.

The soldiers were killed at Nahr al-Bared just north of Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city, and in an attack on an army patrol in al-Qalamoun to the south, a security source said.

Security sources said 15 militants were killed in Tripoli, where the army had re-established control, and four in the camp, home to 40,000 refugees. Medical sources in the camp said six civilians, including two children, were killed and 60 wounded.

The army was blasting militant positions in the camp with tank, mortar and machinegun fire, a military source said. More than 27 soldiers were wounded overall, the source added.

Fatah al-Islam, a Sunni group, said the army had launched an unprovoked attack.

“We warn the Lebanese army of the consequences of continuing the provocative acts against our mujahideen who will open the gates of fire … against (the army) and against the whole of Lebanon,” it said in a statement faxed to Reuters…

And yet we are told daily there is no terrorism in the Middle East except for what the US “occupation” has caused.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 20th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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