William McCants (Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University)
From: McCants' excellent blog, Jihadica: "Jihadica is a clearinghouse for materials related to militant, transnational Sunni Islamism, commonly known as Jihadism. At the moment, much of this material is diffuse, known only to a few specialists, and inaccessible to the public and policymakers unless they pay a fee. Jihadica provides this material for free and keeps a daily record of its dissemination that can be easily searched and studied. These records are accompanied by the expert commentary of people who have the requisite language training to understand the primary source material and advanced degrees in relevant fields."
It was the second posting by al-Absi, sentenced to death earlier this year by a Lebanese court for a 2007 double bus bombings that killed three people and wounded 20.
Also in the audio, al-Absi claimed that Lebanese Sunni leaders and the head of the Shiite Hezbollah militant group, Hassan Nasrallah, seek to split the Sunni Muslim community, allegedly acting on American and Iranian orders to do this.
Their goal, he alleged, "is the same and it is to humiliate and split the nation of monotheism," a reference to Sunni Islam.
Iranian supreme leader Sayyid 'Ali Khamenei
Lebanese authorities have said that 222 Fatah Islam militants were killed in the Nahr el-Bared fighting and more than 200 were arrested, while 169 Lebanese soldiers died. Palestinian officials said 47 Palestinian civilians also died in the camp as Lebanese army besieged the militants holed up inside.
Also Tuesday, an Islamic militant who was seriously wounded in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh in southern Lebanon died of his wounds, security officials said. Jalal Hassanein, a 27-year-old Palestinian, was shot by unknown assailants Monday night, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Everyday Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam Among Palestinian in Lebanon, by Bernard Rougier and translated by Pascale Ghazaleh, is an excellent study of the emergence of Sunni takfiri groups in the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon. Many have reportedly received funding from Hariri Inc. and foreign backers, such as Saudi and Gulf Salafis.