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Tripoli radical behind ISIS recording a
former Fatah al-Islam official, report says

BEIRUT – The alleged Tripoli-based Al-Qaeda militant who swore allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham in an audio tape released Saturday is a Lebanese national who was one of the main officials in the Fatah al-Islam organization that fought the Lebanese army in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian camp in 2007, Al-Akhbar newspaper reported Monday.

 

Abou Sayyaf al-Ansari announced in his recording that radicals in Lebanon had pledged to “recruit units in Lebanon in order to continue the path of Jihad” for ISIS, adding that the official spokesperson for the “Islamic State of Lebanon,” Abou Omar al-Mouhajer, will issue a statement in the coming few days.

 

A source told Al-Akhbar that Mouhajer was coordinating and preparing for terrorist attacks in Lebanon on behalf of ISIS.

 

The source also said that the voice recording issued by Ansari had not been recorded in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon.

 

Preparations for the voice recording began two months ago, another source told the pro-Hezbollah daily, adding that members from ISIS in Syria coordinated between the different radical Sunni cells allied with ISIS in Lebanon.

 

The Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham claimed responsibility for the January 2 suicide bombing in Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahiyeh that killed four people.

 

It is also facing a rebel backlash in Syria after being accused of a string of abuses against civilians and rival rebel groups.

 

Meanwhile, in a statement issued earlier on Saturday, Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri warned the Lebanese, especially Sunnis, against “suspicious calls” which will lead to wars, in a reference to recruitment appeals issued by Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Lebanon.

 

“The Lebanese people and Sunnis refuse to be part of any war in Lebanon or the region between Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda... They also refuse that civilians in any area in Lebanon become a target for this insane war and its dangerous repercussions on national and Islamic unity.”

 

Hariri's comments came a day after Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon warned Sunnis to stay away from Hezbollah-controlled areas and called them to join the organization's campaign against the Shiite party.

Mouhajer was coordinating and preparing for terrorist attacks in Lebanon on behalf of ISIS.