Lebanese Army Finishes Off Fatah al-Islam -Kills Leader Absi

Lebanese forces finished off the Islamic militants at the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp killing 2 fleeing terrorists and capturing 4 others.

Lebanese soldiers stand on the rubble of the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp as they celebrate the end of fighting in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 3, 2007. Lebanese troops exchanged fire with militants on the run Monday, as the military swept a Palestinian refugee camp and surrounding areas in northern Lebanon to try to capture the last holdouts after a climactic battle. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Rick Moran recaps the latest action that led to the death of Fatah al-Islam’s terror leader in Lebanon.
…And, a nice “Victory Babe” shot!

The wife of Fatah al-Islam terror leader Shaker al Absi identified his corpse today.

The Syrian and Al Qaeda-linked terror leader al Absi said in a previously released taped message, “We wish to die. We wish to die for the sake of God.”
He got part of that wish this weekend.
(The speech is posted on YouTube.)


Barry Rubin at GLORIA Center explains that this may be beginning one of the most turbulent periods in its all-too-tumultuous history:

With what can only be called astounding courage, most Lebanese Christian, Druze, and Sunni Muslim politicians have stood up to the Shia Muslim group Hizballah as well as its Iranian and Syrian backers. Hizballah is well-financed from Tehran and Damascus; the government–and even less its constituent elements–receive relatively little international help.

Arms pour across the border to Hizballah, as a UN-dispatched force supposed to help stop this flow stands by inactive. True, there is some foreign aid to Lebanon’s armed forces, but that army is led by a man, Michael Suleiman, who might be the Syrian-Iranian candidate for president, and many of its soldiers are pro-Hizballah, too.

The Syrians buy some politicians, like the former Christian patriot Michel Aoun, and kill others who resist, as happened to former prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The UN has sponsored an investigation into Hariri’s killing that points to high-level Syrian involvement. But after two years of inquiry there is no end in sight and many Western politicians along with several governments are eager to “engage” Syria in dialogue.

Thus, the Syrians have engaged in systematic terrorism in Lebanon and pretty much gotten away with it so far. When a Syrian-backed Palestinian Islamist group, Fatah al-Islam, raised a revolt against the Lebanese government, the world was sympathetic to Lebanon but was largely content to blame it on shadowy al-Qaida forces acting independently. The same happened regarding terror attacks on the UN forces in Lebanon. Meanwhile, of course, no Hizballah or pro-Syrian politician has been assaulted by the moderates…

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