Fatah al-Islam in eyes of media
The Lebanese daily Assafir quoted Lebanese political sources as saying that they have information and facts, not analyses, about the reality of the Fatah al-Islam militant group and how dozens of its members managed to enter Lebanon either through Syrian borders or through Beirut's International airport, coming from Iraq.The sources added that those members were being given visas instantly, since they come from Arab countries mainly from the Gulf region. Upon arrival, according to the sources, a number of the comers used to head directly to the Borj al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut's southern suburb. However, the popular committee of the camp swiftly ostracized them in cooperation with Palestinian factions there. The sources told Assafir that the number of Fatah al-Islam militants in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon does not exceed 250, of whom 20% are Palestinians. The Lebanese daily said that a group of Fatah al-Islam comprising mainly Lebanese and Palestinians report directly to Shaker al-Absi (Palestinian) and Shehab Kaddour nicknamed Abu Horaira (Lebanese).For his part, prominent Lebanese journalist Ibrahim al-Amin said in his Al-Akhbar daily that the situation in Iraq has changed and that the Al-Qaeda organization there is seeking to rid itself of excess newcomers. He added that what was known as their mission of moral support had transformed into a mission of actual assault. Amin added that Internal Security Forces, mainly the Information Branch, had overlooked political warnings that the expansion of this group will not do them any good. He added that what Seymour Hersh had written about the political function of such groups in confronting what they portray as Shiite expansion had prompted the groups' curators to realize they should secure appropriate circumstances to intimidate Shiites on the one hand, particularly Hezbollah, and keep these groups under control on the other.