FBI is awaiting confirmation of terror suspect death

Funeral of Hezbollah commander  Ayoub
Funeral of Hezbollah commander Fawzi Ayoub who was reportedly killed last May in an ambush set up by the Free Syrian Army ( FSA) in Aleppo, Syria

The FBI is keeping a Michigan-linked man on its list of most-wanted terrorisms suspects until it can confirm reports that he died while commanding pro-Syrian government forces in that country’s civil war, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Lebanese security officials said late last month that 47-year-old Fawzi Ayoub died while backing President Bashar Assad‘s forces against rebels seeking his ouster. A Twitter account by a pro-Hezbollah media arm known as Mouqawama also said Ayoub had died.

Ayoub was a commander for Lebanon-based Hezbollah, a Shiite military and political group that the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization. He also used the name Abu Abbas.

“The FBI is aware of the recent reporting regarding  Mr. Ayoub, and we are taking logical steps to determine the veracity of said reporting,” FBI Detroit spokesman David Porter told  The Associated Press in an email. “Until we are able to do so, we can neither confirm nor deny the authenticity of what has been recently reported regarding Mr. Ayoub.”

Ayoub, who was born in Lebanon, held dual Lebanese-Canadian citizenship. His last known U.S. address was in suburban Detroit.

The FBI had put Ayoub on its “Most Wanted Terrorists” list in 2011 after an August 2009 indictment in federal court in Detroit for passport fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Ayoub “willfully and knowingly” used and attempted to use “a false, forged or counterfeit U.S. passport in order to gain admittance into the state of Israel for the purpose of conducting a bombing on behalf of Hezbollah.”

Ayoub had been arrested in Israel in June 2002 on charges that he entered the country in an attempt to organize Palestinian attacks. He was released two years later in a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hezbollah.

The Iran-backed Hezbollah openly joined the Syrian conflict last year. The group’s fighters have been instrumental to Assad’s success in the 3-year-old conflict.

Associated Press

Ayoub most wanted terrorist



3 responses to “FBI is awaiting confirmation of terror suspect death”

  1. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    Good luck with that..

    1. AkhouManUki Avatar

      I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Fawzi Ayoub looks like quite the charmer. I wonder why he didn’t take full advantage of his good looks, and chose to go the path of getting mixed up with the wrong people. Perhaps Farqrallah can shed some light on how the brainwash process works

      1. nagy_michael2 Avatar

        well they gave him several Italian passport and he really looks Italiano. Too bad many of great and smart people are dying for the sake of Iran and bashar.

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