Saturday, June 23, 2007

Lebanon Says Militants Defeated ... Yet Battle Spreads To Tripoli

Talk about sticking your foot in your mouth.

The al Qaeda inspired militants are giving Lebanon a real headache, and somehow manage to continue to get supplies. Today Lebanese officials proclaimed the fight nearly over, but in fact the fighting has spread.


In a statement, the army said it had "completed its control over main (Fatah Islam) positions and was tightening the noose around the group's remaining fugitive members" holed up inside the camp near Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli.

Al Jazeera is putting a little bit of a different spin on it.

Al Jazeera:

Four Lebanese soldiers died despite the defence minister's claims of victory two days ago.

"There are real fears in Lebanon that the crisis may spill out of the refugee camp.

"We do know that many officials have warned that there could be a rise in the presence of al-Qaeda in Lebanon."

I guess we'll see who is right in a few days.


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