Lebanese army pounds militant positions

Lebanon's army on Saturday pounded al-Qaida-inspired militants hiding in a Palestinian refugee camp in renewed heavy clashes following a few days of intermittent fighting. Black smoke billowed from the Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon where witnesses reported some of the heaviest army shelling since June 1, when the Lebanese army, using tanks and artillery, launched an offensive to drive the Fatah Islam militants from their positions inside the settlement. The army sent heavy reinforcements, including armored carriers and special combat units, that were spotted heading toward the camp early Saturday morning. It was not immediately clear if the army intended to make a final push toward the camp in its attempt to uproot the militants hiding there.