الأربعاء، 10 أبريل، 2013

Lebanese Jihadists From "AlNusra" To "AlNusra"




Beirut's bloody Valentine's Day back in 2005, the day former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed, saw the first appearance of "Al-Nusra," a group that then claimed the responsibility for the Sunni leader's assassination. A young jihadist called Ahmad Abu Adas appeared in a videotape that was aired exclusively on the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera news network saying he belonged to the group that killed Saudi Arabia's strongman in Lebanon. The claim wasn’t taken seriously and pro-Hariri supporters and politicians accused the Syrian regime of fabricating the group to distract attention.

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Summary :
Ali Hashem writes that Lebanon has been home to various jihadist groups since the 1990s, but that it wasn’t until the Sept. 11 attacks that the connection with al-Qaeda became clear.
Author: Ali HashemPosted on : April 9 2013
Categories : Originals Lebanon   Security
A group made up of 13 jihadists was arrested in Beirut, and its members confessed to playing a role in the assassination; later on, members of the group discarded their testimonies saying they were coerced under pressure.
Lebanon isn't a country famous for its jihadists, but that doesn't mean there are none. Five years before Hariri's death [Dec. 31, 1999], weeklong clashes between Lebanese security forces and a group of jihadists led by al-Qae da veteran Bassam Kanj


Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/04/jabhat-al-nusra-lebanese-jihadists-rafik-hariri.html#ixzz2Q13e8TWI

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