US defends actions of Lebanese security forces

May 21, 2007 18:16

The US State Department defended on Monday the actions of the Lebanese security forces, declaring they are working in a "legitimate manner" against "provocations by violent extremists" operating out of a Palestinian refugee camp. "This is a group that has been involved in violence to achieve whatever their stated objective may be," spokesman Sean McCormack said. The Fatah Islam group has suspected al-Qaida ties but McCormack declined to discuss outside connections that the organization may have. Asked specifically about a possible Syrian link, McCormack said, "At this point I wouldn't draw that connection." He also declined to draw a parallel between the outbreak of violence and movement at the United Nations toward the establishment of a tribunal to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut.

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