Beirut- According to alarabiya.net the groupís leader is not Shaker al-Absi. Absi belongs in the second tier of the leadership... His role is to execute the orders of the top leadership.
The top Leadership of the organization or what is known as first tier is a group of 3 who are the following:
1-Mohammad Ali Omar known as Abu Hattab who heads the leadership group.
Abu Hattab was born in Syria but travels with a Lebanese passport . He lives in Tripoli and is well known in this city and some call him Abu Azzam . He is 30 + years old. He has reportedly lived in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
2- Marwan , who is a a Palestinian is the Financial chief of the group. He lives in the Ein Helwe Palestinian refugee camp and travels regularly to Baghdad , Iraq . Unconfirmed reports say he is also known as Abd Alkarim Alsaadi or Abu Muhjin and has known Abu Hattab for a long time .
According to reports , the US FBI had sent an investigating team to Lebanon in 2002 to investigate the relations between Abu Hattab , Abu Muhjin and Mohammad Atta , the leader of the September 11 bombing .
3- Mohammad H. who is a Syrian citizen is the coordinator . His role is to inform the 2nd tier leadership of the decisions made by the first tier leadership.
According to Alarabiya, Alqaida is no longer an organization, but it is an ideology . Hence Fatah al-Islam is not a member of al Qaida , but it is an alQaida type organization and its leadership is organized in the same way as al Qaida.
Al Qaida Cell in Lebanon has a leader whose name is Abu Rushd el Mikati ( no relationship with the Mikati family of Lebnaon ). Mikati travels regularly to Peshawar in Pakistan . He is Abu Hattab's boss.
Most of the Fatah al-Islam militants have returned from Iraq via Syria.
All those that were killed or wounded by the Lebanese army are from the second tier of leadership of the organization.
Alarabiya.net information came from an expert on Islamic extremists including al Qaida, Arab Journalist Hazim al Amin. Amin told Alarabiya, Fatah al-Islam is finished as a coherent organization, but he is concerned that once shattered this organization could become very dangerous in Lebanon and individual terrorists could do could do much harm to the country.
Lebanon's defense minister Elias el Murr has given Fatah al-Islam an ultimatum to either surrender or face consequences, but the spokesman of Fatah al-Islam vowed to fight till the end.
Lebanese government is determined to eliminate this organization which it calls a terrorist group that has nothing to do with Islam nor Palestine. According to political analysts, on the issue of eliminating Fatah al-Islam the Lebanese people strongly support the government and stand behind the Lebanese army.
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