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Lebanon Charges Six More in Anti-Western Bombings

Lebanon has charged six more people with belonging to a group blamed for a string of bomb attacks against Western fast-food outlets, judicial and security sources said on Saturday. Lebanese officials have blamed the network for a bomb spree targeting fast food restaurants including McDonald’s and Pizza Hut, and say some members also plotted to kill U.S. ambassador Vincent Battle in the northern city of Tripoli. The six men, including one handed over to Lebanon by Syria, are charged with “belonging to a terrorist group” and “committing terrorist acts.” More than 40 people are being held in the case, and 30 have been formally charged. Lebanon and political master Syria face heavy U.S. pressure over Hizbollah guerrillas Washington considers “terrorist,” and both have been keen to show resolve on “terrorism” since the September 11, 2001, attacks on U.S. cities, blamed on al Qaeda. Lebanon said on Thursday it had foiled a separate plot to attack the U.S. embassy and kidnap officials to bargain for the release of militants jailed for an Islamist uprising in 2000. Nine people were arrested in the embassy and kidnap case. Full Story

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