01-13-2006, 02:36 PM #1
Lebanese authorities arrest 13 Al-Qaeda suspects
Compiled by Daily Star staff
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Lebanese authorities have arrested 13 people suspected of belonging to the Al-Qaeda terror network, the official National News Agency reported on Friday. Military court prosecutor Ahmad Oweidat charged the 13 on Friday with "establishing a gang to carry out terrorist acts, forging official and private documents and possessing unlicensed arms."
The 13, three Lebanese, seven Syrians, a Saudi, a Jordanian and a Palestinian, were arrested in various Lebanese areas last week after they were put under surveillance by Lebanese security forces, court officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Asked if any of the 13 were members of Al-Qaeda, Oweidat told The Associated Press: "This information is not contained in the file referred to me."
But he added that the group's possible Al-Qaeda link would be examined during further investigation by top military magistrate Rashid Mezher.
According to judicial sources, the 13 have given contradictory statements, claiming at times that they were part of Al-Qaeda and at other times part of "Jund Al-Sham," an Islamic radical organization which claimed responsibility for the assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri shortly after his killing.
The sources added that the group had entered Lebanon illegally through the Syrian-Lebanese border, and that all 13 carried falsified documents.
Dr. Simon Haddad, a political analyst, said he doubted those arrested were members of Al-Qaeda, stressing that investigations needed to be completed before reaching the conclusion that Al-Qaeda is trying to establish cells in Lebanon.
Although there has not been one confirmed attack carried out by Al-Qaeda in Lebanon, it is believed the organization has supporters and sympathizers among extremist factions hiding in the country's Palestinian refugee camps.
The Iraqi branch of the group repeated this week its claim that it fired a barrage of rockets from Lebanon into northern Israel on December 27, provoking Israeli air strikes on a Palestinian base in central Lebanon.
In an Internet statement, Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said the attacks were "the beginning of the blessed work of striking deep into the Zionist enemy, according to instructions of Osama bin Laden."
A Lebanese military prosecutor in 2004 charged 35 alleged members of an Al-Qaeda-linked group with plotting to bomb foreign targets in Lebanon,including the Italian and Ukrainian diplomatic missions, assassinate Western diplomats and attack Lebanese security facilities.
Only nine of the 35 defendants remain in custody. Ahmad Salim Mikati, who Lebanese officials have described as a mastermind of the plots and one of Lebanon's most dangerous criminals is one of those still in detention, and has been accused of trying to establish Al-Qaeda cells in the country.
Mikati has been linked to the "Dinniyeh group" - a group of Muslim fundamentalists who fought Lebanese troops in the northern region of Dinniyeh in 1999. More than 40 people, including 11 soldiers, were killed.
01-31-2006, 12:14 AM #2
Entered Lebanon via Syria...big suprise there!
01-31-2006, 02:44 AM #3
Now, just arrest all Hezbollah terrorists, try and convict Nasrallah, and then you guys are on your way to actually being productive in the War on Terror.
01-31-2006, 04:28 AM #4Originally Posted by AIZ
01-31-2006, 05:09 AM #5Originally Posted by MilitiaGuy
01-31-2006, 11:53 AM #6Originally Posted by AIZ
01-31-2006, 12:47 PM #7
english or post gets deleted!!!
01-31-2006, 01:42 PM #8
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