Skip to comments.Emir of Abdullah Azzam Brigades detained in Lebanon
Posted on 01/01/2014 11:37:46 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee
Lebanese security forces have captured Majid bin Muhammad al Majid, a Saudi jihadist who leads the al Qaeda-associated Abdullah Azzam Brigades, according to reports. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades has stepped up attacks against Hezbollah for its involvement in the Syrian civil war.
Majid was reportedly detained on or before Dec. 29, according to Reuters, but the circumstances of his capture were not disclosed. Lebanon's defense minister told AFP that Majid is in custody and is being interrogated. US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal said that Majid is in Lebanese custody and was detained in early December.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades has not released an official statement confirming or denying that its emir is in custody.
Majid, a Saudi citizen, is on Saudi Arabia's list of 85 most-wanted individuals for links to al Qaeda, which was released in 2009.
In June 2012, Qarawi was reportedly detained by the Saudi government after returning to his home country to receive medical treatment for injuries received in a US drone strike that year in Pakistan's Waziristan region.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades was formed by Saleh al Qarawi, who was close to former al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi. The two fought together in Fallujah (presumably in the two battles in 2004). Sometime after 2004, Qarawi was ordered by Zarqawi to form the Abdullah Azzam Brigades. The group, which is named after al Qaeda's co-founder and Osama bin Laden's mentor, was tasked with hitting targets in the Levant and throughout the Middle East. . .
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> The Abdullah Azzam Brigades has stepped up attacks against Hezbollah for its involvement in the Syrian civil war.
Meanwhile, the Hizzies — Iranian proxy thugs — continue to harbor the assassins of countless Lebanese, and continue to carry out assassinations.
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The sudden death of this suspect is a dramatic development.