File - Firefighters extinguish burning cars at the site of an explosion outside of the Iranian Embassy in the Bir Hasan neighborhood of Beirut, Tuesday, November 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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As the new head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades is set to be appointed in the coming days, experts close to the group expect it to launch attacks against the Lebanese Army in retaliation for the arrest of its deceased leader Majid al-Majid.The expert said that the Al-Qaeda-affiliated organization had made the decision irrespective of whether Majid had died of natural causes.Majid was arrested by the Lebanese Army last month.Websites close to the Brigades said the group had lost contact with another Saudi member in addition to Majid, but that the Lebanese authorities had only revealed that Majid had been arrested.Prior to joining the Brigades, Majid formed another group, al-Haramayn Brigades, which was also affiliated with Al-Qaeda and operated in Saudi Arabia.Sources told The Daily Star that shortly before the start of battles between the Lebanese Army and Fatah al-Islam militants in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in summer 2007, Majid, who was a military commander for the Brigades, spent a few days in Tripoli. Due to Qaraawi's health condition, Majid was appointed head of the Brigades.Unlike Qaraawi and Saleh, who wanted the Brigades to operate as a regional network against Israel, Majid advocated limiting the activities of the group to Lebanon, from where attacks could be launched against the Jewish state.
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