January 1, 2014
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Lebanon arrests al Qaeda linked head operative (Deutsche-Welle, 1/01/14)
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2014 11:07 AMLebanese Army Intelligence officials have arrested the leader of an al Qaeda-linked group that claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing at the Iranian embassy in November, the defence minister told the news agency, AFP on Wednesday.Majid al-Majid, the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades in Levant, "was arrested by the intelligence services of the Lebanese army in Beirut," Defence Minister Fayez Ghosan said, without providing details of when the arrest took place. [...]The Abdullah Azzam Brigades immediately claimed responsibility for the November 19 attack. The group said it intended to force the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement to withdraw its troops from Syria.