Palestinians pass by a poster of the late president of Iraq Saddam Hussein at the Palestinian Beddawi refugee camp in northern Lebanon May 29, 2007. Sporadic fighting erupted on Tuesday between the Lebanese army and Sunni Islamist militants holed up in a battered Palestinian camp. (REUTERS/Jerry Lampen)
Ya Libnan is reporting that a captured Al Qaeda terrorist in a Beirut Hotel this week is actually a double agent working with Syria:
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This is an update on yesterday’s Ya Libnan report on the arrest by the Lebanese security agents of the Al- Qaida terrorist mastermind at a Beirut hotel . The arrest was called ‘a major catch ‘.
Interrogation revealed that the terrorist is a ranking al-Qaida terrorist who is acting as “a double agent for Syrian intelligence,” a reliable source said.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the suspect whose name and nationality could not be revealed pending completion of the ongoing investigation, was busted Tuesday at a hotel suite in Beirut’s district of Ashrafiyeh.
The “very dangerous terrorist,” according to the source, had crossed into Lebanon “illegally” overland from neighboring Syria over the weekend to follow up “coordination with Fatah al-Islam terrorists” besieged in the northern refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared.
The suspect, a national of an oil-rich Arab country, used “two forged Lebanese identity cards, one identified him as Hagop and the second identified him as Ahmed Merie,” the source said.
“He also had 12 forged travel documents, including British, Arab and Latin American passports,” added the source who asked not to be identified.
The suspect, according to the source, had “sold out al-Qaida in favor of cooperation with Syrian intelligence after he was offered safe haven in Syria.”
Last week, according to the source, the suspect “turned in to the Syrian intelligence a ranking Saudi member of al-Qaida known as Abu Talha. He did the Syrians a major favor that could help them boost their tense relations with the Americans.”
Abu Talha, whose real name is not known, is on the U.S. list of most wanted terrorists, according to the source.
After turning in Abu Talha, the Syrian intelligence command “sent the suspect to Lebanon to re-organize Fatah al-Islam and other Syrian-sponsored terrorists and sponsor a spate of attacks on a variety of targets in Lebanon aimed at destabilizing the situation,” the source added.
“The Syrians want to destabilize Lebanon and tell the Americans: ‘We can control the situation like we arrested Abu Talha. Strike a deal with us and Lebanon would be under control’,” the source said.
He said Fatah al-Islam terrorists arrested in north Lebanon “told investigators of the suspect’s moves and revealed important information which led to his arrest.”
He said anti-terrorism police officers also confiscated “a large number of compact discs and a personal computer providing a wealth of information on terrorists’ activities in Lebanon and the region.”
The source explained that al-Qaida is “no more a solid-structure network. Many of its ranking members have joined several intelligence agencies and are used to infiltrate, control and direct local Qaida-inspired fanatics to carry out attacks that serve the interests of these intelligence agencies.”
Fatah al-Islam, the source added, “is one of such local groups. Its members are inspired by al-Qaida ideology, but its attacks are directed by Syrian intelligence officers.”
In other news from Lebanon… A stun grenade went off in Beirut just minutes after the UN vote on the Hariri tribunal. There were no casualties.
Young Lebanese men dance to celebrate the U.N. resolution on the Rafik Hariri tribunal in the predominantly Sunni area of Tariq el-Jadidah in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Wednesday, May 30, 2007. Supporters of slain former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri cheered and wept — and some even danced in the streets — late Wednesday to celebrate the U.N. Security Council approval of the international tribunal to prosecute suspects in his killing. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)