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Hassan al-Laqqis, a Hezbollah commander who fought in Syria and had a key role in the group's drone program, was shot dead in Beirut. The Ahrar al-Sunna Baalbek brigade claimed the attack, but Hezbollah blamed Israel and claimed it had targeted him in the past. Hezbollah leader Nasrallah defended the group's role in Syria and blamed Saudi Arabia for last month's suicide attacks on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut; former prime minister Saad Hariri accused Nasrallah of twisting the facts.
After the 12 people were killed and over 100 wounded in three days of clashes between supporters and opponents of the Assad regime, the government has put Tripoli under military control for a six-month period. Dai al-Islam al-Shahal, the founder of the Salafist movement in north Lebanon, denounced the move as an attack on the Sunni community. Two men were killed in clashes between Islamist militants and Fatah supporters in the country's largest camp for Palestinian refugees, Ain al-Helweh in south Lebanon.
A military court dropped terrorism charges filed against a former colonel in the Syrian Army who had defected with his family to Tripoli. Salafist Sheikh Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal and his followers blocked a border crossing into Syria to protest the recent arrest of Islamist leader Abdel-Qader Abdel-Fattah by army intelligence. Tripoli-based Islamist preacher Sheikh Omar Bakri claimed that al Qaeda is not present in Lebanon but said he wished they were. Naim al-Qassem, Hezbollah's second in command, called the recent deal on the Iranian nuclear program a victory for Iran, Arabs, Muslims, and "all the free people of the world."
President Sleiman called for the withdrawal of Lebanese fighters from Syria. Authorities suspect that Mouin Abu Dahr, a Lebanese linked to fugitive anti-Hezbollah Islamist preacher Sheikh Ahmad Assir, was one of two suicide bombers who attacked the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on Nov. 19. US intelligence reportedly assessed that the Ziad al-Jarrah Battalion, the Lebanese branch of the Abudallah Azzam brigades, was behind the attack. Shortly before celebrations marking Lebanon's independence day, authorities defused a car rigged with 350 kilograms of explosives and two mortars.
Two suicide bombings outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed at least 25 people, including the embassy's cultural attache and its head of security, and injured over 150 more. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al Qaeda-linked group based in Lebanon, claimed the attack and warned of further attacks if its prisoners are not released from Lebanese jails and Iranian forces are not withdrawn from Syria.