After a long-hiatus, the al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades announces its dissolution inside Syria.
Abu Muhammad al Filistini, the recently killed leader of a Palestinian jihadist faction in Syria, was recently eulogized by a reported senior commander in the al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades in Lebanon. Filistini, whose real name was Ibrahim Khaza’il, was also reportedly a member of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
The Long War Journal has identified 117 training camps run by jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria. Almost half are operated by the Islamic State, while the other half are administered by the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and its allies. Some facilities are no longer operational, while other camps likely exist, but are not publicized by the jihadists.
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Al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria launched a double suicide attack in a predominately Alawite neighborhood of Tripoli.
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Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader Sirajeddine Zurayqat has called on Sunnis in Lebanon to fight against Hezbollah. Zurayqat’s call to arms was posted on his official Twitter account. His anti-Iran, anti-Hezbollah messaging is consistent with the Al Nusrah Front’s propaganda campaign.
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The Abdullah Azzam Brigades has claimed responsibility for three rocket attacks on Israel since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.
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The Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon have claimed credit for joint rocket attacks on Hezbollah “strongholds” in Hermel, Lebanon. The attacks are part of the spillover from the war in Syria.
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The al Qaeda-linked group threatened further attacks against Iran and Hezbollah if their forces are not withdrawn from Syria and jihadists are not freed from Lebanese prisons.
The group announced the joint operation the same day that al Qaeda denounced the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.
The Al Nusrah Front, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continue to target Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Regional wave of Sunni extremism reaches Lebanon
The Al Nusrah Front, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, all al Qaeda affiliates, have carried out four suicide attacks in Lebanon since November 2013.
AL Qaeda-affiliated groups are stepping up attacks on Hezbollah and Iranian interests in Lebanon as the Syrian civil war rages.
The group, which is named after a famous Hamas bombmaker, took credit for a recent attack around the time of the funeral of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon. Top jihadists, including an Abdullah Azzam Brigades official, have promoted the claim.
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Majid bin Muhammad al Majid, a Saudi jihadist who leads the al Qaeda-associated Abdullah Azzam Brigades, is thought to have been captured last month.
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