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Lebanon - Feb 17, 2012 - 12:44

Last modified: 17 Feb 2012 09:44

A Lebanese minister has said members of armed groups including al-Qaeda have crossed the border into Syria illegally. US officials have also said they believe al-Qaeda have infiltrated Syrian opposition groups. But Omar Bakri, a hardline cleric who Syria claims is the leader of al-Qaeda in Lebanon, tells Al Jazeera that the group is not operating in the country.

Al Jazeera's James Bays reports from northern Lebanon.