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June 25, 2013 4:41 PM

Al Qaida-linked Nusra Front rebels blamed for bloody fight against Lebanese army in Sidon

The worst fighting in Lebanon in years, which wracked this coastal city one hour south of Beirut this week, was touched off by an influx of foreign fighters from Syria, Palestinian camps and other Arab countries into the compound of a radical Sunni cleric, according to knowledgeable people on both sides of the conflict.

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