A Syrian al-Qaida-inspired group on Tuesday warned of attacks on Lebanese interests and citizens if the government does not lift its siege off Fatah al-Islam militants besieged in the northern Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared.
In a Web statement, the group Tawhid and Jihad in Syria promised its support for the camp’s fighters. The Tawhid and Jihad leader, Abu Jandal al-Dimashqi, met with representatives from Fatah al-Islam recently, the statement said.
“We warn the Lebanese government that its vital interests, officials and sons living in Syria will be moving targets for us if it does not lift its siege off the camp,” said the statement, posted on a Web forum where militant groups often issue messages.
“Let the Lebanese government wait for the hell of kidnapping, shooting and chopping of heads if it does not respond to the demand,” said the statement. Its authenticity could not be verified….
“Tawhid and Jihad” — Arabic for “monotheism and holy war” — is a name used by several groups apparently inspired by al-Qaida — though their actual links to Osama bin Laden are not clear. Al-Qaida in Iraq formerly went by the name. The most prominent militant group in Syria is known as Jund al-Sham, but it is sometimes called the Jund al-Sham for Jihad and Tawhid….
It said the representative “explained the ideology of the group, its aims to support Islam and the establishment of the State of Islam, which is a dream for every Muslim.”…