FATAH AL-ISLAM “LINKED”/”NOT LINKED” TO SYRIA

By Alex Constantine

"US TO ADD LEBANESE GROUP TO TERRORISM BLACKLIST," AP, August 11, 2007 (as reported by Fox News affiliates, see: http://www.fox12news.com/Global/story.asp?S=6918764)

"WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration has added an Islamist group blamed for major fighting at a Lebanese refuge camp to its list of 'international terrorist' organizations.

"The Associated Press has learned that the al-Qaida-inspired group, Fatah al-Islam, is being blacklisted. It's suspected of having LINKS WITH SYRIA. ... "

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"Army Commander: Fatah al-Islam NOT LINKED TO SYRIA or Official Lebanese Circles," naharnet.com:

"Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Michel Suleiman on Monday DENIED CHARGEST THAT FATAH AL-ISLAM TERRORISTS ARE LINKED TO SYRIA OR FACTIONS REPRESSENTED IN THE LEBANESE GOVERNMENT.

"Fatah al-Islam, Suleiman said, 'is NOT SPONSORED BY SYRIAN INTELLIGENCE, nor it is backed by Lebanese government circles. It is a branch for al-Qaida which had been planning to use Lebanon and Palestinian camps as safe haven to launch its operations in Lebanon and abroad.'

"Some Lebanese government officials had alleged the Fatah al-Islam group holed up in the Nahr al-Bared camp was created by Syria. ... "

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