Al Qaeda linked Terrorist leader killed in Lebanon


The leader of an al-Qaeda-linked group in Lebanon was killed when the army ambushed his car on a road in eastern Lebanon at the weekend, a security official has confirmed to the Financial Times.

Fatah al-Islam, a radical Lebanese-based group with links across the Middle East, took control of Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in 2007 and fought the Lebanese army, killing nearly 200 soldiers before it was eventually defeated.

Members of the group have also been accused of involvement in a fatal bus bomb in north Lebanon in 2008 as well as other terrorist actions.

Abed al-Rahman Awad, one of the most wanted men in the country, was believed to have taken over the group after Shaker al-Abssi, the previous leader, went missing after the Nahr al-Bared conflict.

Ain al-Hilweh, the refugee camp where Awad was thought to be hiding, became the focus of intense pressure from the Lebanese authorities at the end of 2008 when Syrian authorities accused Fatah Islam members of involvement in a car bomb in Damascus which killed 17 people.

Ain al-Hilweh is the largest and most lawless of Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps. It is not clear whether Awad eluded the Lebanese authorities until now because his whereabouts were unknown or because he was receiving protection, but even Islamists inside the camp were said to be keen to co-operate with the Lebanese authorities, fearing the destruction Nahr al-Bared faced in 2007.

Two residents of Ain al-Hilweh, one of whom wished to remain anonymous, told the Financial Times that Awad and his companion, also reported killed, were thought to be heading for Iraq when his car was intercepted.

“The relatives were told they were going to Iraq,” said Sheikh Jamal Khattab, the head of one of Ain al-Hilweh’s Islamist factions. “The Lebanese army have their own intelligence in the camps.” The atmosphere inside the camp was currently “calm and quiet”, according to Mr Khattab.

“This is a very serious blow to Fatah Islam,” said Timur Goksel, a security expert at the American University of Beirut. “Some people say it’s a mortal blow. I’m told they’re now rudderless.”

Photo: Abdulrahman Awad chants slogans during a demonstration in Ain Al-Hilweh camp, southern Lebanon in this undated file photo. FT



13 responses to “Al Qaeda linked Terrorist leader killed in Lebanon”

  1. Leb-Syrian Avatar

    why cant these people just be happy and live normal lives? damn them to hell

  2. Palestinian camps should not continue to be ¨lawless¨!Security should be in the hands of the state and not in the hands of armed groups ,extremists, fanatics and the like!

  3. good riddance. these peoples interpretation of the koran is insulting.

    dismantle all camps immediately and give palestinians their basic rights for gods sake. dont naturalise them otherswise its a victory for israel.

    1. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      I read your email Tony… lol so true!

  4. what basic right you are talking about those people are crimials and they all should be killed or returned to israel let them put them somewhere and listen to syria crap they are the one letting in to lebanon and the accuise them of planting a car bomb in syria waw well done bashar twite head come and take your crimials you basterd they are not welcome in our country anymore

    1. Joey, I really would like to know where you get your news sources from??!

      how the hell do you know that Syria let them in??????

      and by the way, you say ship them back to Israel, wlek ya blind people into, ma that’s what we (Tony, me, prophet, etc) have been trying to say, this is the whole basis of why Israel wants no resistance in Lebanon, IT DOESNT WANT THEM BACK and not only that, it wants to send some more into Lebanon because they are taking too much place in Israel.

      Capiche halla2, walla ba3dak mtalmass?

  5. walid i knew you’d find it funny habeebi.

  6. Allah lay riddo!

    1. Walid Khouri Avatar
      Walid Khouri

      leyc Allah radd hada? May be you should say: Allah la yerhamo 😛

      1. haha walid, you’re right! it was just an expression that im used to hearing 🙂

      2. Leb-Syrian Avatar

        Haha Cathy you must be an undercover syrian!, My mother always uses that phrase 😉 haha totally just kidding.! But she really does always use that phrase.

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  8. la2 ba3edne mtalmass ya cathy what the border of lebanon they are not gonna come from syprus neither from israel the only place is syria where you in lebanon during the war did syria kill lebanese people or no just let me know and you toni and prophet you should look a bid deep and see syria is the first enemy of lebanon weither you like it or not they harm lebanon more then anyone else we still have a plenty prisonners in syria just because no one manching them dosen;t mine they are not there if you just wan;t to blind your eye for the syrian thats something to do with you but don;t tell other things they aint right the syrian hurt lebanon 100 time more then the israels did you can call me whatever you want israel or whatever thats the truth and as lebanese we do want shit head bashar to appologise from all the lebanese he hurt and composite them

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