Lebanese Group Designated Terror Organization by U.S. (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/25/12)
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The U.S. designated on Thursday the Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB), a
Lebanese-based terror group, as a global terrorist organization,
according to a report on Bloomberg.
AAB carried out a July 2010 attack on the Japanese-owned oil tanker
M/V M.Star in the Strait of Hormuz, according to a statement by the
The group claimed that the attack was carried out by its Arabian
Peninsula Branch, according to the State Department.
“AAB has repeatedly articulated its intent to carry out attacks
against Western interests in the Middle East,” the statement said,
according to Bloomberg. “In 2010, for instance, the group expressed
an interest in kidnapping U.S. and British tourists in the Arabian
The statement added that AAB is responsible for numerous
indiscriminate rocket attacks from Lebanon against population centers
in northern Israel.
The group, which is allied with Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for
firing four Katyusha rockets at Israel in November.
Several weeks later, the group also claimed responsibility for firing
a Katyusha rocket which failed to reach Israel and instead injured a
The State Department took similar action on December 15 against a
leader of the group, Saleh al-Qarawi, a Saudi citizen, Bloomberg
Designating the group a global terrorist organization imposes
financial sanctions and prohibits knowingly providing it with
material support. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/25/12)
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