Al-Qaeda has so far been absent from the Lebanese scene and reports about Qaeda bases in Lebanon were quickly refuted by most security officials and politicians. However Zawahiri’s message yesterday comes to pose a serious question as to how deep is Al-Qaeda in Lebanon?

"I appeal to every Muslim and every free, honorable one in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon, to rise to help his brothers in Syria with all that he can," Zawahiri said in a new video message released on jihadist Internet forums, U.S. monitors SITE Intelligence said on Sunday. [Naharnet]

This message comes a day after Tripoli tensions that resulted in 3 kills and opposed Sunnite extremists to Alawites.