File - Roumieh holds several Islamist detainees awaiting trial, with the majority linked to the 2007 Fatah al-Islam battles against the Lebanese Army in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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For two years, Fatah al-Islam sent shockwaves throughout Lebanon with a spate of terrorist attacks, culminating in the battle of Nahr al-Bared. More than 400 people died during the clashes in the Palestinian refugee camp situated in north Lebanon, but Fatah al-Islam carried on operations for another year before largely disappearing from the public eye. In fact, Fatah al-Islam shares and supports the Al-Qaeda ideology – the only difference being the group's view on takfiris and Shiites, whom Fatah al-Islam does not consider to be apostates.Since then, Fatah al-Islam has largely faded from the public eye.Lebanese intelligence agencies continue to monitor members, making it difficult for them to operate in Lebanon. On multiple occasions, connections between Fatah al-Islam and jihadi groups in Syria have become apparent. In 2012, two Fatah al-Islam militants that had fought in Nahr al-Bared were killed while fighting in Syria. Other analysts say that Fatah al-Islam members have taken part in other battles inside Lebanon in recent years.
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