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Showing posts from August, 2012

The Meqdad Clan of Baalbek!

Interesting Article: " One kidnapping in Syria prompts kidnapping of 20-plus in Lebanon " by Nicholas Blanford / Beirut published Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 An interesting article mentioned that a series of tit-for-tat abductions this week of Shiite Lebanese and Sunni Syrians threatens to further undermine stability in Lebanon as the sectarian nature of the brutal conflict in Syria deepens and spreads. Members of the Meqdad clan, a powerful Shiite tribe from the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, announced today that the "military wing" of the family had abducted more than 20 Syrians in Lebanon whom they alleged were fighters with the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA). The Meqdads said that the abductions were in response to the kidnapping, allegedly by the FSA, of Hassan Selim Meqdad in Damascus at the beginning of the week. The FSA accused Hassan Meqdad of being a member of Lebanon's militant Shiite group Hezbollah, a strong supporter of the Assad regime. Hezbol

Latest about Al Qaeda in Mali!

Interesting Article: " Al Qaeda's richest faction dominant in north Mali: U.S " by David Lewis / Dakar published Thursday, July 26th, 2012 An interesting article mentioned that Al Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa is the militant organization's richest faction and the dominant Islamist force among those controlling northern Mali. General Carter Ham said the international community and the Malian government now faced a complex challenge to try to deal with the strengthened presence in Mali's largely desert north of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the militant group's North African franchise. Would you like to know more?