Lebanon militants: Leader slain en route to Iraq

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 18, 2010 22:50

 
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BEIRUT  — An al-Qaida-inspired group said Tuesday that its leader and a top commander were heading to Iraq to join insurgents there when Lebanese security troops killed them over the weekend, according to a US terror-monitoring firm.

The Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks militant postings on the Internet, said Wednesday that a statement on jihadist forums from the Fatah Islam group confirmed the deaths of the two.

The statement said the two were en route to join an al-Qaida front group in Iraq. The Lebanese military had said they were gunned down Saturday in a firefight with security forces in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley.

They were identified as Abdul-Rahman Awad, a Palestinian leader of the Fatah Islam and one of the most wanted men in Lebanon, and his aide, Ghazi Faysal Abdullah, also known as "Abu Bakr."

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