Author Topic: Saudis, fighters and fugitives, raise profile in Syrian fighting  (Read 151 times)

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An Al Qaida operative wanted by Saudi Arabia has been killed in the war in Syria.

The U.S. monitoring group SITE has reported the death of Abdullah Suleiman Saleh Al Dhabah in an air strike by the Syrian Air Force.

, citing Islamist messages, said Al Dhabah, also known as Abu Ali Al Qasimi, was killed in the northern city of Al Bab in mid-January 2014.

The death of Al Dhabah marked the participation of Saudi fighters in the war against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Al Dhabah, who also fought in Afghanistan and Pakistan, was designated No. 11 on a Saudi Interior Ministry list of 47 leading fugitives.

SITE said Al Dhabah was killed in a rocket fired by a Syrian MiG-class fighter-jet. The report was based on messages posted by Islamist sources in Syria on Jan. 18.

Saudis were also said to play a major role in Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

On Jan. 25, Islamists reported that ISIL formed a branch in Lebanon in an effort to expel Iranian proxies, including Hizbullah. Another Al Qaida group, Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant, has also claimed responsibility for attacks against Hizbullah.

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