Islamist group threatens Lebanese government
5 October 2005, BEIRUT - A Lebanon-based radical Islamist group called 'Jind Asham' (Soldiers of the Levant) threatened Wednesday in a statement to slaughter "all those who deal with the Americans and the French."
5 October 2005
BEIRUT - A Lebanon-based radical Islamist group called 'Jind Asham' (Soldiers of the Levant) threatened Wednesday in a statement to slaughter "all those who deal with the Americans and the French."
The group accused the Lebanese anti-Syrian government, which is supported by the majority in parliament, of "bringing shame to the Arabs and placing the fate of the country in the hands of one of the biggest Israeli Mossad officers, (German prosecutor Detlev) Mehlis."
Mehlis leads a U.N. team which is investigating the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri on February 14. He is due to submit a final report to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on October 21.
"We will not hesitate to slaughter all those who are collaborating with the French and the Americans," said the statement sent to the Lebanese daily al Mustaqbel.
"To the ruling authority, to all those who support it, to the majority in parliament and all those collaborating with the U.S. and France ... we warn you of the steps that you are taking."
Hariri's assassination was widely blamed by the Lebanese opposition on Syria and its Lebanese allies.
Syria, which ended nearly three decades of military and political domination over Lebanon in April under international and Lebanese pressure following Hariri's killing, has denied any involvement in his murder.
Subject: German news