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Top Terror Leader Killed

Led militant fighters in refugee camp

(Newser) - Islamic militant leader Shaker al-Abssi, wanted for the murder of a US diplomat in Jordan, was killed by Lebanese troops in the bloody climax of the battle for the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp near Tripoli. Al-Abssi was one of 39 militants killed by Lebanese special forces Sunday after a three-month... More »

Lebanese Rout Militants in Camp

Months of fighting leaves refugee camp in ruins

(Newser) - 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. More »

Lebanon Bomb Kills Six UN Soldiers

Suicide attack piques terrorism worries; Fatah al-Islam suspected

(Newser) - A car bomb killed six members of a Spanish UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon  yesterday, in the first attack in a year on peacekeepers there. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing near Khiyam, but observers suspect Fatah al-Islam, the same al-Qaeda-spawned Sunni group that battled Lebanon at the... More »

Lebanese Vow to Crush Militants

Refugee camp destroyed; residents caught as army fights Fatah al-Islam

(Newser) - The Lebanese army vowed yesterday to continue its attack on Fatah al-Islam members holed up inside a Palestinian refugee camp in Beruit though the camp is now 60 percent demolished. As many as 25,000 of its 31,000 occupants have fled, the Guardian reports, and thousands remain trapped. More »

Army Battles Militants Near Lebanese Refugee Camp

Bombardment escalates as death toll tops 80

(Newser) - Lebanese troops continued to try to dislodge militants from a Palestinian refugee camp outside Tripoli today, extending a two-week siege that has led to the worst violence in the country since the civil war that ended in 1990. At least 84 people have died in the fighting, and more than... More »

US Rushes to Aid Lebanon

Troops surround refugee camp, prepare siege or incursion to rout out militants

(Newser) - The US has rushed military aid to Beruit, as the Lebanese army continues to battle Islamist militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp. The first shipment arrived today. Condoleeza Rice expressed support for Lebanon's government, if not confidence: "I certainly hope that the Lebanese government will be able... More »

More Violence Looms in Lebanon

Palestinians enraged at Lebanese troops threaten uprising

(Newser) - Clashes between the Lebanese Army and a Palestinian militant group could spread throughout Lebanon, politicians, diplomats and refugees tell the Guardian. Anger is building among Palestinians  over civilian casualties from shelling of the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp during clashes with Fatah al-Islam militants last week. More »

Thousands Flee Lebanon Camp

Lull in fighting allows Palestinians to escape violence, horrid conditions

(Newser) - Thousands of Palestinians escaped heavy fighting inside a Lebanon refugee camp yesterday. The BBC reports vehicles flying white flags and crammed with people fled the Nahr al-Bared camp during a lull in the battle between Lebanese army units and the militant group Fatah al-Islam. Refugees are heading for another camp... More »

Lebanon Seeks Aid in Fighting Islamists

Minister asks foreign governments for cash as troops shell refugee camp

(Newser) - Lebanon's finance minister appealed to Arab and Western governments yesterday, begging for money and supplies to help fight militants in a Palestinian refugee camp. Thirty Lebanese troops, 15 members of the group Fatah al-Islam, and more than 25 civilians have been killed in two days of clashes. More »

New Terrorist Leader Trains In Lebanon

Shakir al-Abssi boasts 150 operatives at his base in a refugee camp

(Newser) - A new terrorist leader, Shakir al-Abssi, has emerged to pick up where Al Qaeda left off, assembling small teams to strike at Americans from his base in Lebanon.  His militant Islamic group, called Fatah al Islam, boasts 150 members who operate freely because Lebanese officials claim they have no... More »

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