And Lebanese war against Al-Qaeda continues:
The terrorist seized by Lebanese security agents last week has been identified as Ahmad Merhi, the coordinating officer between Syrian intelligence and Fatah al-Islam terrorists and that he has confessed to smuggling fighters into Lebanon from Syria. (Gateway Pundit)
Also read this post by Victor Davis Hanson.
At the same time, the fighting intensifies inside the camp, with four Lebanese soldiers killed. From Balanced News Blog:
In a series of skirmishes that began Sunday afternoon, fighters of the Islamist group Jund al Sham opened fire on Lebanese army soldiers. The firefight that followed left numerous houses inside the camp ablaze and ultimately resulted in the death of the four men, military officials said.
Meanwhile, 60 miles north at the Nahr al Bared camp, Lebanese troops continued their offensive against another militant group, Fatah al Islam, directing machine gun fire and artillery shelling into the camp for much of Sunday and early today. At least 114 people have been killed in the siege of the camp, which began when security men raided an apartment in Tripoli seeking bank robbers.
[…] Palestinian factions held talks with the Lebanese army command in Sidon this morning, as heavily armed Jund al-Sham fighters agreed to cede their positions to militiamen from other Islamist groups at Ain al Hilwe, where more than 47,000 refugees live.
The extremists of Fatah Islam, who local reports say hail from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bangladesh, apparently entered the camp, just north of Tripoli, several months ago. They are thought to have arrived in a group, not individually.
Officials of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) could not say how a large band of foreigners carrying what has been described as mortars, rockets, explosive belts and other heavy weapons were able get past the Lebanese army soldiers stationed outside the camp.
Also today, two Lebanese Red Cross workers have been killed by Fatah al-Islam (more here) h/t Tears for Lebanon.
Tears for Lebanon also has photos from a rally in Tripoli in which citizens supported the Lebanese Army.
Posters of soldiers killed in the Lebanese army offensive against
Islamist terrorists are seen during a rally supporting the Lebanese
army in the north city of Tripoli, Lebanon.
You can see more photos here.
About Syria’s involvement read From Beirut to the Beltway:
Assad’s war on Lebanon received a new title today with the creation of the “al-Qaeda organization in Lebanon”, announced by al-Qaeda’s alleged Iraq branch. The announcement coincided with a declaration by pro-Assad Islamist Fathi Yakan– who has been “mediating” between the Lebanese army and Fatah al-Islam– that his “mediation” efforts failed because the conflict in Nahr El Bared is now in “the hands of al-Qaeda”.
Yakan, who split from the Sunni al-Jamaa al-Islamiya after the Hariri assassination to form his own pro-Syrian Islamist group, had been shuttling between Damascus and Nahr El Bared camp well before Fatah al-Islam attacked the army. The preacher was also used as a Sunni cover by Hizbullah, which picked him to lead prayers in downtown Beirut at the beginning of their occupation of the city.
Yakan’s announcement was described by security sources quoted in An-Nahar as an attempt to cover up for the Assad regime’s involvement in the war.