Fatah al-Islam and Al-Qaeda

[AP/Washington Post] Scheherezade Faramarzi and Zeina Karam - Shaker al-Absi, the fugitive leader of Fatah al-Islam in Lebanon, openly embraces Osama bin Laden and has recruited Arab fighters to carry out attacks around the region. Al-Absi has for years been interwoven with the al-Qaeda-linked underground, reportedly visiting Iraq and Afghanistan and associating with the late al-Zarqawi. A U.S. counterterrorism official called al-Absi a double threat from his past in Syria and his al-Qaeda connections.

2007-05-22 01:00:00

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