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06-25-13
Two years ago, the name Sheikh Ahmad Assir would likely have meant little to most Lebanese. A year ago, hed have been recognizable, his beard and his antics from bike riding to popular dance performances providing an amusing backdrop to an increasingly firebrand rhetoric which attracted young Sunni extremists into his fold.

06-25-13
ABRA, Lebanon: The Lebanese Army is set to pursue firebrand Sheikh Ahmad Assir, who fled before commandos seized Monday a complex he controls, security sources said.

06-24-13
MP Bahia Hariri urged President Michel Sleiman and Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi to save the southern coastal city of Sidon from a humanitarian catastrophe, in an appeal Monday over the clashes raging in her home city.

06-24-13
Grand Mufti Mohammad Rashid Qabbani denounced Monday the attack that claimed the lives of over 17 soldiers and 25 gunmen in the southern city of Sidon.

06-24-13
Lebanons military prosecutor issued arrest warrants Monday against Salafist preacher Ahmad al-Assir and 123 of his followers, a judicial source said.

06-24-13
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Sunday against any attempt to goad the southern city of Sidon against the Lebanese Army.

06-24-13
Lebanon was plunged into complete darkness Sunday after the Zahrani-Aramoun power network was disrupted, having suffered damage during fierce fighting in Sidon between the Lebanese Army and supporters of Sheikh Ahmad Assir, state-run Electricite du Liban said in a statement.

06-24-13
The Lebanese Army said Sunday it was the target of a cold blooded attack, in a strongly worded statement concerning the ongoing clashes near the southern coastal city of Sidon that claimed the lives of several soldiers.

06-24-13
ABRA, Lebanon: The Lebanese Army pushed for a decisive conclusion to the threat posed by the radical Salafist preacher Ahmad al-Assir, after at least 10 soldiers and two gunmen loyal to the anti-Hezbollah sheikh were killed Sunday in clashes in a suburb of the southern city of Sidon, security sources said.

06-24-13
ABRA, Lebanon: Lebanese commandos seized Monday a complex belonging to Sheikh Ahmad Assir in the southern coastal city of Sidon, in the second day of clashes between the military and gunmen loyal to the militant preacher that have claimed the lives of at least 17 soldiers and more than 25 gunmen.

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