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In the first two months of 2014, Lebanon appeared to be descending rapidly, almost inexorably, into a mire of alarming bloodshed and instability. An unprecedented wave of Al-Qaeda-linked attacks on civilians was accelerating, adding 34 deaths to the more than 50 men, women and children that such attacks had already killed in the second half of 2013 . The principal reason was that Al-Qaeda groups in Lebanon, the Nusra Front's extension in Lebanon and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, united Lebanon's most powerful actors against them.Similar mystery surrounded the death in custody of Majid al-Majid, an internationally wanted Saudi leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, credited with masterminding a double suicide attack on Beirut's Iranian Embassy in November 2013 . His demise in December, just nine days after his arrest by Lebanese Army Intelligence, was officially attributed to natural causes – but the Azzam Brigades blamed Hezbollah, who in turn pointed the finger at Riyadh.A jihadist preacher from Arsal arrested in January 2014 reportedly informed the Army of the identity of Naim Abbas, a Palestinian refugee who became Lebanon's most wanted suspect and was arrested the following month.
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