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Army arrests Al-Qaeda-affiliated
commander in Tariq al-Jedideh

BEIRUT - The Lebanese army’s intelligence arrested a Syrian man accused of being linked to Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, and of financing terrorist groups affiliated with the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, As-Safir newspaper reported Friday.

 

The man, identified by his initials as M. R., was arrested in the Beirut neighborhood of Tariq al-Jedideh. He is also accused of communicating with an extremist Sunni cleric, who allegedly provided Abdullah Azzam Brigades member Naim Abbas with rockets to target the Shiite-populated neighborhood of Dahiyeh in south Beirut.

 

The arrest coincided with security measures that have been taken recently by the army and Hezbollah in Dahiyeh and other Lebanese areas, a security source told the paper.

 

“The security measures also coincided with information about planned terrorist attacks, linked to Sheikh Sirajeddine Zureiqat, in the light of the recent developments in Iraq,” the source added.

 

The source also stated that Zureiqat was probably hiding in the Syrian mountains, adjacent to the border with Lebanon.

The security measures also coincided with information about planned terrorist attacks, linked to Sheik Sirajeddine Zureiqat, in the light of the recent developments in Iraq.