Monday, September 03, 2007

Lebanese Premier Declares Victory Against Islamists

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora declared victory after the army seized control of a devastated refugee camp where diehard Islamists had been besieged for more than three months. "You (the army) have achieved at Nahr al-Bared the country's biggest victory over terrorists," Siniora said in a televised address to the nation.
Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora
He pledged that the Lebanese government would rebuild Nahr al-Bared but said that the camp would be placed under the authority of the state and "only the Lebanese state." Siniora spoke after Lebanese troops seized control of the devastated camp they had besieged since May 20.