In an interview with the London daily Al-Hayat, the military commander of Fatah al-Islam, Shihab al-Qaddour, also known as Abu Hurieira, threatened that if attacks by the Lebanese military against his organization continued, "all fronts will be opened." Al-Qaddour stated that "in addition to the supporters of the organization, Fatah al-Islam has bases and sleeper cells in all the Palestinian refugee camps in the various regions of Lebanon, and they are on alert [to launch] a harsh response - they await only a sign from us." Al-Qaddour said: "Many Fatah al-Islam members have very rich battle experience outside Lebanon. I personally have 21 years of experience in fighting in various regions - the most recent of which was Iraq." Al-Qaddour denied that Fatah al-Islam was affiliated with al-Qaeda, and added: "Our organization is an Islamic project aimed at liberating Palestine and Jerusalem."