Northern Young Man Killed Fighting alongside IS
A young man who hails from northern Lebanon has been killed fighting alongside the Islamic State jihadist group, according to media reports.
“Raed Khaled Taleb, aka Abu Anas al-Lobnani, has been killed in Iraq while fighting alongside the Islamic State,” As Safir newspaper reported on Sunday.
It said Taleb hailed from the town of Fnaydeq in the northern Akkar district and that his family “has been notified of his death.”
“Raed, 24, had been jailed in Lebanon in 2012 for a full year on charges of plotting to blow up military barracks and coordinating with the (Qaida-linked) Abdullah Azzam Brigades in (the Palestinian refugee camp of) Ain el-Hilweh,” As Safir added.
Meanwhile, Hizbullah's al-Nour radio station said the IS “announced the death of Abu Anas” after he “blew himself up near an Iraqi checkpoint on the Iraqi-Syrian border.”
“He had joined the takfiri groups two years ago and fought alongside them in Syria before moving to Iraq,” al-Nour added.
On March 29, Lebanese young man Mustafa Khodr was killed in a suicide operation during a battle he fought alongside Islamist militants in the Syrian city of Idlib, which has been seized from regime hands by fighters led by the Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front.
Khodr hailed from the northern region of Dinniyeh but was a resident of Tripoli's al-Qobbeh district, according to media reports.
A number of Lebanese young men from Tripoli, Sidon, and the North have joined extremist groups involved in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
Hizbullah is meanwhile combating alongside Syria's regime and has sent elite forces across the border.