Another report has surfaced indicating the threat of radical Islamic terror has infiltrated Europe from the Middle East, the Islam in Europe blog reported on Tuesday, citing a Le Figaro article from the same date. Both report as many as two dozen Palestinian jihadist members of Fatah al-Islam, based in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, have managed to elude security forces there and slipped into Europe.
"Some, like Ahmad al-Doukhi, planned attacks against United Nations Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Le Figaro reports.
"Others are responsible for attacks against the Lebanese army. The majority of them are Palestinian refugees, the other Syrian activists, Saudi, Yemeni, and some North Africans had come to enjoy the impunity of Palestinian camps in Lebanon where the army does not venture."
Le Figaro quotes a colonel responsible for security in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp saying the missing men "represent a threat to your safety." Some may go to Iraq or Afghanistan, but others may have been sent "to go fight the battle in Europe."
The men are believed to be associated with Fatah al-Islam (FAI), a radical Sunni extremist organization with ties to al-Qaida. FAI was formed in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and battled the Lebanese Army in 2007. Those clashes caused many FAI members to flee Lebanon. While most FAI members are Palestinian, some are from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and North Africa.
Reports of FAI operatives making their way into Europe follow a report in November of the escape and attempted escape of other FAI terrorists from Beirut's central prison.
With the latest jihadist threats against the West during the holiday season, this revelation of FAI infiltration into Europe serves to add credibility to that potential threat.