Lebanese security officials announced on New Year's Day that an upper-echelon terrorist chief wanted by the United States and linked to al-Qaeda was arrested by intelligence agents in Beirut, according to Noam Horowitz, a former counterterrorism task force member.
Local news media quoted Ghosn as claiming, "Majed al-Majed, an emir of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was arrested by the intelligence services of the Lebanese army in Beirut."
Horowitz said Majed al-Majed, who was one of the most wanted people in Saudi Arabia for terrorism-related charges, was actually arrested two weeks ago, but the arrest was kept secret while the radical emir was interrogated by Lebanese security service officials..
According to Islamic terrorism analysts, al-Majed is the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades in Levant, and he's wanted by U.S. Department of Justice for terrorism-related crimes
Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed credit for the twin suicide bombings against the Iranian embassy in Beirut which killed 25 people and injured more than 70 others. The Iranians are Shiite Muslims while al-Qaeda and its affiliates are Sunni.
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which allegedly launched a rocket attack on the Israelis on Aug. 22, 2013, is an Islamist network ideologically affiliated with the global jihad such as the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda, according to officials with Meir Amit Information Center in Tel Aviv in an Examiner news story.
The United States placed the organization on its list of designated terrorist organizations in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of State.
The Lebanese-wing of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades is in the midst of a violent rivalry with Hezbollah, which spilled over from Syria into Lebanon. During July 2013 the organization claimed responsibility for attacking the vehicle of a senior Hezbollah figure, who was killed during the attack in the region of Majdal Anjar, on the Lebanon-Syria border .