ABDULLAH AL-AZZAM BRIGADES
Abdullah Al-Azzam Brigades, in memory of Abdullah Azzam, is a shadowy Islamic radical and militant group operating in Mesopotamia (Iraq, Syria and Lebanon), al-Sham in Arabic, inspired by some of Al Qaeda’s ideology but is focused on fighting inside the Arab World and not against infidels outside the Middle East.
The group, initially led by the Saudi Saleh al-Qarawwi, one of the 83 mot wanted Saudis in the list of 02/2009, was formed from an earlier Al Qaeda inspired group that operated in Lebanon since 2005 – the Jund al-Sham. A branch of Abdullah Al-Azzam Brigade was operating, since 2010, with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, in Yemen, especially in Hadramaut.
Since early 2010 Saleh al-Qaraawi appeared several times in Jihadi websites and was described as the head of “Abdullah Al-Azzam Brigades”, a name typical to Al Qaeda’s offshoots. After Saleh al-Qaraawi was arrested, in mid 2012, he was replaced by another Saudi, Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, who was behind the attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut (see – Beirut IRAN Embassy 11.19.13 ), Lebanon, on 11/19/2013, and was captured himself, in mid 12/2013, probably in Lebanon.
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