23 Saudi members of Fatah Al Islam members have been killed in Lebanon, as more evidence points to the Hariri link with the extremist group.
Hariri openly backed militant Sunni groups like Fatah Al Islam after last summer’s war on Lebanon. Hariri was worried Hezbollah would come out of the war stronger, and he wanted a Sunni counterbalance to the Shia group.
Fatah Al Islam say they are “protecting the Sunnis”, and it is thought they were one of the groups which received Hariri funding. Today’s evidence of a large Saudi membership will do nothing to dampen these claims (Saudi Arabia is Hariri’s biggest financial backer).
The group was formed last November, when they split from Syrian funded Fatah Al Intifada.