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By Raed Rafei and Raed Rafei,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 3, 2007
Nahr el-Bared, Lebanon -- The Lebanese army routed a group of Islamist militants from a Palestinian refugee camp yesterday, ending more than three months of intense fighting that left thousands homeless and killed more than 300 people. The final countdown to the battle in northern Lebanon started early in the day, when troops thwarted escape attempts by the militants, an army source said. At least 30 fighters were killed and 15 were captured at the Nahr el-Bared camp, the official said.
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By Louise Roug and Louise Roug,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 25, 2007
TRIPOLI, Lebanon -- A bomb ripped through a United Nations convoy in southern Lebanon yesterday, killing six peacekeepers under Spanish command. The attack, which took place on a day when the Lebanese military fought a battle against Sunni Muslim radicals in the north, heightened fears that a second front might have opened in the fight against militants linked to al-Qaida. The attacks on opposite ends of the country could stretch the Lebanese army further and weaken a country already beset by sectarian tension, political stalemate and a worsening economic crisis.
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By Raed Rafei and Raed Rafei,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 24, 2007
TRIPOLI, Lebanon -- The cleric's question echoed off the walls of the mosque in one of Tripoli's poorest neighborhoods - and well beyond. "What is happening to our community?" Sheik Mazen Mohammed cried. "Where are we heading?" Many of Lebanon's Sunni Muslims, especially in the northern part of the country, are asking themselves the same question Mohammed posed during prayers on a recent Friday. The Sunni community has been fractured by a battle between the country's army and an extremist Sunni group inspired by al-Qaida, and an ensuing crackdown by the government against Islamists.
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June 22, 2007
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Lebanon's defense minister declared victory yesterday over the Fatah Islam militant group, saying it had been crushed after a monthlong military assault on its stronghold in a northern refugee camp and only mopping up remained. A Muslim cleric who has been acting as a mediator said later that Fatah Islam agreed to stop firing, and calm descended over the Nahr el-Bared camp outside the port of Tripoli. The battle, Lebanon's worst internal violence since the 1975-1990 civil war, killed 76 soldiers, at least 60 militants and more than 20 civilians.
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By Louise Roug and Louise Roug,Los Angeles Times | June 15, 2007
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Family, friends and party loyalists gathered yesterday to bury Walid Eido, a 65-year-old anti-Syrian lawmaker assassinated with his son and eight others in a bombing on Beirut's waterfront the previous day. Flanked by secret service agents speaking into their sleeves, the funeral procession passed billboards with images of the Lebanese politician and his son, and the words: "The men of justice, the martyrs of justice." Volunteers from Eido's Future Bloc put up the posters overnight and spent the morning distributing party flags.
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By Louise Roug and Louise Roug,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 14, 2007
Beirut -- A Lebanese lawmaker who had long been critical of the Syrian regime was killed yesterday along with his son and eight people when a bomb exploded near a popular waterfront promenade in Beirut. The assassination threatened to further destabilize this small country already paralyzed politically, stretched militarily and suffering economically. Walid Eido, 65, a lawmaker with the anti-Syria coalition, was driving with his son Khaled and two bodyguards in a predominantly Sunni part of town when the bomb tore through nearby cafes and ice cream parlors just before 6 p.m. The explosion was so powerful it blew out windows on the 10th floor of a hotel across the street, sending a shower of glass onto the busy street below.
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By Raed Rafei and Louise Roug and Raed Rafei and Louise Roug,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 4, 2007
AIN AL-HILWEH, Lebanon -- Islamic militants attacked an army checkpoint yesterday in the south near the country's largest Palestinian refugee camp, raising fears that a second front has opened between the Lebanese army and al-Qaida-inspired militants. Thousands of soldiers are deployed in the northern part of the country, fiercely battling a few hundred fighters who are holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp there. Fighters from the Jund al-Sham group attacked the checkpoint at the entrance to the Ain al-Hilweh camp, using rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.
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By Raed Rafei and Raed Rafei,Los Angeles Times | June 2, 2007
NAHR EL-BARED, Lebanon -- Government troops stormed positions held by al-Qaida-linked militants on the outskirts of this refugee camp in northern Lebanon yesterday, in some of the fiercest fighting in two weeks. At least 14 people, including two soldiers, were killed, according to security officials, who also said Lebanese forces moved against outlying paramilitary bases used by Fatah al-Islam militants without entering the camp itself. "Elite forces were able to take over a number of key posts that were used by snipers from group on the northern and eastern outskirts of the camp," a senior army official said on condition of anonymity.
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By McClatchy Tribune | May 26, 2007
NAHR EL-BARED, Lebanon -- An Islamist militant group holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon will fight to the death, a spokesman said yesterday, adding that newly arrived military aid from the United States and other countries to the Lebanese army don't faze the fighters. Abu Salim, the spokesman for Fatah al-Islam, told McClatchy Newspapers in a phone interview that surrender was not an option and that fighters were ready for the next stage of battle with the Lebanese troops surrounding them in the olive groves, citrus orchards and a commercial strip just outside the Nahr el-Bared camp.
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