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January 02, 2012

3 Islamists try to escape Lebanon's alcatraz to join Syria's "Jihad"

January 02, 2012

January 02, 2012

Three Syrian Islamists, two of them belonging to Fateh al-Islam, an alqaeda affiliated group, tried to escape Lebanon's notorious Roumieh prison (dubbed alcatraz) to join Syria's "Jihad" against Assad's regime. Mohamad Sheikh Othman & Hamza Qowaider from Fateh al-Islam and Omar Ballan, a third Islamist, tried to escape the Roumieh prison to join their families, protect them in the fight against the Syrian regime. The attempt failed as there was a sudden change in the guards' routine; but the prisoners made a hole in their cell wall, so they were moved to solitary confinement. According to the report, the Islamists in this prison have gained more confidence in the wake of the Arab Spring, the Islamist election victories in Egypt-Tunisia, and the unfolding events inside Syria.
Fateh al-Islam was reportedly supported by the Syrian regime, and it seems now they are reaping their former policy of using those extremists for policy reasons, whether against Lebanese dissidents or in Iraq against the American occupation. The Arab Digest has previously reported on the rise of Jihadists in Syria, and the implications of ignoring their presence.

(Roumieh Prison)


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