On Thursday morning, the Lebanese General Security arrested a prominent Salafist cleric over ties with the terrorist group “Abdullah Azzam Brigades.”
The Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) reported that Sheikh Bilal Kamal Mezher was arrested in the town of Naameh, noting that he is a close confidant of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader, Sirajeddin Zreiqat.
Considered a close ally to Al-Qaeda, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades solely operate inside of Lebanon.
They officially became a terrorist group inside of Lebanon after targeting several civilian neighborhoods in Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyah).
Prior to the ISIS terrorist attack in late November; it was the Abdullah Azzam Brigades that were terrorizing civilians in Beirut.