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Another al-Qaeda terrorist leader arrested in Lebanon

Crescent International

The Lebanese intelligence has made steady progress against Saudi-backed and financed terrorists in Lebanon. Another leader of al-Qaeda terrorist group was captured in Beirut, according to an army communique today. This followed the arrest of the Saudi-financed terrorist Sheikh Omar Ibrahim al-Atrash (seen in photo) who revealed under interrogation his links with terrorist outfits in Syria and his role in car bombings in Lebanon.

Beirut, Crescent-online
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 09:03 EST

The leader of a unit of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades has been arrested in Lebanon, according to a communiqué issued by the Lebanese army today (Wednesday).

The army named the individual as Naim Abbas who was arrested by the army intelligence in the capital, Beirut. He is being questioned under the supervision of the judiciary.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a group linked to al-Qaeda and financed by the Saudi regime, has been involved in numerous terrorist attacks in Lebanon including the November 19 twin car bombings of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Beirut.

At least 26 people were killed including the Cultural Attache at the embassy, Hujjatul Islam Ibrahim Ansari. Another 150 or more people were injured.

According to Lebanese security forces, Abbas was arrested on suspicion of receiving booby-trapped cars transported by Omar Ibrahim al-Atrash, a terrorist Sheikh with close links to the Saudis. Atrash has been involved in two deadly bombings in the south of the capital last month.

Last week (February 6), a military court in Lebanon charged the Saudi-financed terrorist al-Atrash along with five others, with the January 21 bombings in Haret Hreik, a Shia-dominated neighborhood. The area is a stronghold of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hizbullah.

Atrash was arrested on January 22. He admitted to ties with three wanted individuals, as well as to the Saudi-financed and al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and al-Nusra Front, according to the Lebanese army.

At the beginning of January, Majed al-Majed, believed to be a senior operative of the Saudi intelligence agency, was arrested in Lebanon. A few days later, he was found dead in hospital, almost certainly murdered by Saudi agents in order to prevent al-Majed from revealing under interrogation information about other agents.

A few weeks later, another Saudi agent, Jamal Daftar-dar was captured in Sidon. He has been kept alive and according to informed sources, has revealed much useful information about Saudi agents operating in Lebanon.

Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan who is in charge of supporting the terrorist groups in Syria has extended the terror campaign to Lebanon because of Hizbullah’s firm support of Bashar al-Asad’s government and opposition to the terror campaign in Syria.

The systematic capture of leading terror masterminds in Lebanon would soon put them out of business and another Saudi-sponsored criminal enterprise will bite the dust.


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