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."