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Lebanese, 22, Dies after Joining IS Ranks in Iraq

A 22-year-old Lebanese is the first to allegedly carry out a suicide attack in Iraq since the Islamic State's declaration, al-Akhbar newspaper reported.

The daily said that the family of Moustafa Abdul Hay, who hails from al-Mankoubin area in the northern city of Tripoli, was informed that he died after carrying out a suicide attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Abdul Hay, who was identified as the Lebanese Abou Hafas, blew himself up near a al-Washwash area in central Baghdad.

The young man had reportedly headed from Tripoli two years ago to join the ranks of Ahrar al-Sham in Syria, then returned to Lebanon to only pledge allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Iraqi forces have largely regrouped after the debacle that saw soldiers abandon their positions and, in some cases, even weapons and uniforms as IS-led militants conquered second city Mosul and advanced to within about 80 kilometers (50 miles) of Baghdad.

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