Friday, May 25, 2007

Lebanese militants cheered on al Qaeda Web sites

From Mark Trevelyan of Reuters

Rita Katz, head of the SITE institute, told Reuters that the jihadists' enthusiasm for Fatah al-Islam on the al Qaeda-linked Web sites reflected their desire to open a new Sunni militant front in Lebanon to challenge the dominant Shi'ite Hezbollah. Katz said the faction had received both moral and logistical support from the jihadist community, which exploits the Internet intensively as a propaganda tool. Several jihadists with media skills, including a Saudi Web master, had volunteered their services to the group.

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