Some links on Lebanon, Lebanese involvement in foreign fighter activity and foreign fighter activity in Lebanon and eventual Syria-related issues that obviously emerge; past relationships, old associations, and current concerns.
A relatively generic piece entitled, “Qaeda moving from Iraq to Syria: PM”, Agence France-Presse, 02 March 2012
The ever-watchful Aaron Zelin tweeted links to a two part series in al-Akhbar on al-Qaeda in Lebanon
“Searching for Al-Qaeda in Lebanon (I): Coming of Age“, Radwan Mortada, 03 March 2012
“Searching for Al-Qaeda in Lebanon (II): An Emir for Greater Syria”, Radwan Mortada, 05 March 2012
A trawl through the archives indicates that al-Qaeda, Lebanon and to a more limited extent foreign fighters were the subject of a series of articles and pieces between 2008 and 2010.
“Al-Qa`ida’s Presence and Influence in Lebanon”, Bilal Y Saab, CTC Sentinel, November 2008
“Lebanon at Risk from Salafi-Jihadi Terrorist Cells”, Bilal Y Saab, CTC Sentinel, February 2010
For a look at some North African activity in Lebanon see pages 128 to 130 in Terrorism in the Maghreb. The Transnationalisation of Domestic Terrorism, Monograph 144, Institute of Security Studies, Anneli Botha, 2008
Just to make sure all angles are covered, soemthing about the role of Europe in sending fighters, foreign or otherwise into Lebanon, two articles from an al-Hayat 2008 series.
“The Role of the European West in Producing Mujahideen and Sending them to Lebanon (Part 1 of 2)”, al-Hayat, Fatima Rida, December 2008
“The Role of the European West in Producing Mujahideen and Sending them to Lebanon (Part 2 of 2)“, al-Hayat, Fatima Rida, December 2008
If you are bored with all the reading,NBC broadcasted a report on Lebanese involvement foreign fighters, in “Trail of Terror: Jihad in Iraq.”
A more in-depth study from Michael Taarnby and Lars Hallundbaek entitled “Fatah al-Islam: Anthropological Perspectives on Jihadi Culture”, Elcano Royal Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Working Paper 6/2008