Jubilant Lebanese celebrated with soldiers yesterday after they finally wrested control of a besieged Palestinian refugee camp from an al-Qaeda ally, Fatah al-Islam. Lebanese special forces attacked strongholds that remained inside the ruins of the Nahr al-Bared camp near Tripoli after nearly three months of fighting, reports the London Times.
The battle to oust the militants of Fatah al-Islam, said to be backed by Syria, has boosted the image of the army in Lebanon, the one state institution not paralyzed by factionalism. It was a hard-fought battle. "They are good fighters," a Lebanese soldier said of the militants. "Most of them have fought in Iraq,”