July 18, 2007

The Islamist militant group resume talks to end the fighting

The Islamist militant group battling Lebanese troops at a Palestinian refugee camp it was willing to resume talks to end the fighting, a move that came after it lost ground in a two-month-old battle. Lebanese troops have entered the battered Nahr al-Bared camp in northern Lebanon and seized further territory, cornering the al Qaeda-inspired militants and pressuring them to surrender. Al Qaeda is calling the army to rebel but this is unlikely to be taken seriously by the Lebanese army which is said to be days away from crushing the militants in a battle that has so far killed 231 people in the worst internal violence since the 1975-1990 civil war.

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