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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-21-07 02:56 PM
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7. Some explanation of Fatah al-Islam
Fatah al-Islam emerged in November 2006 when it split from Fatah al-Intifada (Fatah Uprising), a Syrian-backed Palestinian group based in Lebanon.
The Lebanese government has linked Fatah al-Islam to the Syrian intelligence services. Syrian officials and Fatah al-Islam deny the connection.
Abssi has said that his group has no organisational links to al-Qaeda, but agrees with al-Qaeda's ideology of fighting and killing non-Muslims.

Fatah al-Islam's statements have appeared on Islamist web sites known for publishing al-Qaeda statements.

An earlier article on them

Some Islamic groups are 'virulently anti-' the other sect. But not all - and I don't think Hizbullah can be called 'virulently anti-Sunni':

Twice in less than 24 hours, on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah felt the need to tackle the issue head on in his Ashura sermons. Earlier, on Thursday, he had issued a fatwa (religious edict) forbidding Muslims from killing one another. "A Lebanese who shoots another Lebanese is akin to an Israeli. Any weapon that is used against a Lebanese is an Israeli weapon, no matter what the reasons," he said.

On Tuesday's Ashura sermon Nasrallah told his audience, "the Bush administration is preparing the ground in Lebanon, through their agents, for a Sunni-Shia rift". He vowed that Hizbullah, which controls 14 seats in parliament and until recently had two members of Fouad Al-Siniora's cabinet, would not be dragged into civil strife.

Syria also has a Sunni majority population; it's quite reasonable to suggest it could support a Sunni group in Lebanon.
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