Meqdad Military Wing Kidnaps Turkish National, 20 FSA Members, Speaks of 'Bank of Targets'

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Al-Meqdad family announced on Wednesday that its military wing has so far kidnapped more than 20 Free Syrian Army members in Lebanon, as well as a Turkish national, promising a “hefty catch.”

The military wing told LBCI television: “We may take escalatory measures depending on the latest developments.”

“We have a bank of targets in Lebanon and we are capable of reaching regional targets,” it warned.

“We can reach Aley, Tripoli, and Iqlim al-Kharroub,” said an unidentified masked gunman who was surrounded by a number of other gunmen of the Meqdad military wing.

Media report had earlier announced that the wing had abducted a Turkish national of the Soufan family.

Voice of Lebanon radio said that Turkish national is a diplomat called Soufan.

LBCI later broadcast images of the passport of the Turkish national who was kidnapped by the Meqdad family, identifying him as Aydin Tufan.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry demanded that the Lebanese government provide information on its abducted national, reported al-Jadeed television.

On the abduction of Syrian FSA members, Abu Ali al-Meqdad said on behalf of the family: “The family’s military wing kidnapped several Syrians. We are not afraid of anyone.”

He said the tribes of the eastern Bekaa valley such as Shamas, Zoaiter, Nasreddine and Dandash are all working together and will reveal their “big catch” on Thursday morning.

“There are over 20 FSA members kidnapped in Lebanon,” he pointed out.

Media reports said that over 30 members had been kidnapped.

Al-Mayadeen news channel later broadcasted a video of the kidnapped Syrians.

According to LBCI one of the abductees is a captain and another is an officer, who has been wounded.

He confirmed that the military wing kidnapped another member while the press conference was underway.

Al-Meqdad’s move comes in light of the FSA’s detention of Hassan Salim al-Meqdad in Damascus for allegedly belonging to Hizbullah.

The family’s statement also held Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey responsible for the kidnapping of Hassan.

Bassam al-Dada, the FSA political advisor, told al-Jadeed that the Syrian refuges, who are being kidnapped in Lebanon, are not members of the FSA.

He threatened to execute members of Hizbullah if the Syrians weren’t released.

Al-Jadeed television later reported that the family of Lebanese national Mohammed Mansour was informed of his abduction in Syria.

On Tuesday, Hizbullah denied a video aired by al-Arabiya news channel claiming that the Free Syrian Army detained a member of Hizbullah identified as Hassan Salim al-Meqdad.

The family of 39-year-old Hassan also ruled out that he is a member of the party, revealing that he works at Jammal Trust Bank and headed to Syria a year and a half ago to resolve some financial problems.

MP Ghazi Zoaiter, who was present at al-Meqdad family’s house to support it, urged the government to assume its responsibility.

He wondered if the kidnapping carried out by the FSA is part of the democracy it is calling for.

Hatem told LBCI that the family will kidnap factions other than the FSA if the man was not released within 24 hours.

Another member of al-Meqdad family vowed to abduct Turks, Saudis and Qataris also, but Abu Ali ruled out this possibility saying that our threats to these countries will remain political.

“We will only kidnap members of the FSA,” he added.

Security sources told LBCI that security measures near the Turkish, Qatari and Saudi embassies were boosted.

His other brother, Habib, threatened on Tuesday that the family will take escalatory measures if he wasn’t released within 24 hours.

“We will not wait for the government so that the fate of our son becomes the same as those 11 kidnapped men, therefore, we will not wait for the efforts exerted by Speaker Nabih Berri or (Hizbullah) Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah,” he said.

The 11 Lebanese Shiites pilgrims were kidnapped on May 22 by armed men in the Syrian province of Aleppo while on their way from Iran to Lebanon.

Four of the pilgrims were reportedly killed on Wednesday in an airstrike in the Aazaz region in Aleppo where they were being held.

Comments 55
Default-user-icon funny (Guest) 15 August 2012, 11:00

this is hilarious. round up the salafi thugs.

Missing roberto46 15 August 2012, 11:07

Talk to Hezb Iran they are the ones who sent your brother to Fight for Assad,yes you are correct the FSA is Fighting for freedom ,who is Hezb Iran Fighting for? ,bunch of the thugs enough of you blocking the roads and causing trouble..

Default-user-icon bouquet (Guest) 15 August 2012, 11:12

Divine lawlessness of the cult of the fakih, welcome to chiyah

Thumb lebanon_first 15 August 2012, 11:29

Are the chi3a happy with the law of the jungle? Don't they strive for a strong state where their rights are protected? They should quit supporting HA and start supporting the lebanese gouvernment.

Thumb geha 15 August 2012, 11:41

hizbushaitan is driving the country to sectarian strife with these actions.

Default-user-icon Nicolas Mailass (Guest) 15 August 2012, 11:49

In which country do kidnappers appear in the bright light on television and bravely inform that they will kidnapp innocent people and they are still free to do so? Only in lebanon. Shame on you.

Default-user-icon Fuziyad (Guest) 15 August 2012, 12:15

At least hide your faces so you we can at least pretend we have a state

Thumb lebneneh 15 August 2012, 12:25

Lets see what the Lebanese people want...a real state or a failed state. I'm looking forward to see who is going to defend these actions!
These people made their threats yesterday....why didn't the security forces take action?!!!!!

Thumb thepatriot 15 August 2012, 14:32

Exactly! What the hell are we waiting for????????

Arrest these guys NOW!!!!

Missing fadi_albeiruti 15 August 2012, 14:41

I'll tell you why, because the Meqdad family is a huge part of HA and they surely have their blessing or this would've never happened, what kinda government is this when they increase security around the Qatari, Turkish and Saudi Arabian embassies in response to their threat instead of taking these thugs on and putting them out of business? I fear for Lebanon.

Thumb thepatriot 15 August 2012, 16:07

I fear for Lebanon too...

Thumb lebneneh 15 August 2012, 12:25

Well put

Thumb lebneneh 15 August 2012, 12:42

so biased and void of logic...you ignore the severity of the actions of these people just because in some twisted way it suits your leaders interest...typical Lebanese behaviour...always blame someone else!

Missing lqu7 15 August 2012, 12:54

Finally someone standing up against wahhabi Saudi Qatari thugs.

Default-user-icon Armo (Guest) 15 August 2012, 13:02

Aren't these al mekdads al jaafar the same ppl we hear on the news who kidnap, kill and traffic drugs? and now they are saying that they will kidnap ppl from other countries? and the gov isn't doing anything?! and am I supposed to believe that they were able to do such an operation without the support of HA? Anyways next step in my opinion will be the sunnis who support the free syrian army will declare that they will start kidnapping ppl until the release of the captured and lebanon will return to sectarian war... thank u march 8 and HA

Missing rami 15 August 2012, 13:17

I wonder who supports the so called "Meqdad military wing"? Any guess?

Missing allouchi 15 August 2012, 15:46

Hizballa

Default-user-icon Nightmare (Guest) 15 August 2012, 13:47

midan i supppose the the unbiased news u watch are currently S.A.N.A,Manar and otv news?when the revolution started in lybia where al sadr was kidnapped that revolution was holy and nbn and manar covered this *holy people revolution* hour by hour,but when people against u start revolutions its an act of terrorism..learn to look outside of the jar.F****g lebanese people will never change whether they are 8 or 14.thats the problem.its not only u,its both of u,and to be honest,WE WANT BOTH OF U 8 AND 14 OUT OF OUR WAY.We dont care about u anymore,we want Lebanon only and we wana live in dignity.

Thumb slash 15 August 2012, 13:56

no problem they will be freed in some days , we forgot how the moqdad and ZOaeiter shoots alwyas on each others , they ll fight even for toilets turn ... you ll see ! And you say that Hezb still control his men !

Missing fadi_albeiruti 15 August 2012, 14:33

@FT, that's very well put, my hat's off to you, I personally didn't think you had it in you but you proved me wrong, but my question to you is this: who is gonna jail these thugs when they belong to the dominant ruling force when they surely have their blessing?
The military wing of Meqdad family? WTF is this world coming to when a family have a military wing, it's sad to say but as long as we have illegitimate weapons spread like bacteria we will have issues like that happen and Lebanon will continue to be the banana republic.

Missing fadi_albeiruti 15 August 2012, 14:47

A hefty catch? Hum, wonder what that could be, a 1000LBS cow maybe or maybe even a fish big enough to feed the entire Meqdad family.

Thumb Marwan34 15 August 2012, 15:09

is it right for Hezbollah to send fighters into Syria to support Assad ?

Thumb Marwan34 15 August 2012, 15:13

this is an unjustified action !!!!! Who knows if they are FSA officers ?. Everyone is talking BS in order to justify such unnecessery actions.

Missing samiam 15 August 2012, 15:27

never was alright for any sect--keep in mind the kidnapping was started by your iranian brethren in 1979, and has gone on from there.

Default-user-icon armenian (Guest) 15 August 2012, 15:35

Aren't these al mekdads al jaafar the same ppl we hear on the news who kidnap, kill and traffic drugs? and now they are saying that they will kidnap ppl from other countries? and the gov isn't doing anything?! and am I supposed to believe that they were able to do such an operation without the support of HA? Anyways next step in my opinion will be the sunnis who support the free syrian army will declare that they will start kidnapping ppl until the release of the captured and lebanon will return to sectarian war... thank u march 8 and HA

Default-user-icon Lebanese (Guest) 15 August 2012, 15:42

All hail the Mikdads!

Missing allouchi 15 August 2012, 15:44

FT, that's the second time i agree with you...

Missing allouchi 15 August 2012, 15:50

Most Meqdad family members are well known thugs and criminals. They have their own little militia to defend their illegal enterprise and to attack other families that have vendettas against...They are a corner stone of the hizballa support base...they are simply zaaran scum that Hizballa uses to intimidate others...no one should be above the law..no one...Hizb and cronies is destroying our state.

Default-user-icon choufeh (Guest) 15 August 2012, 19:25

galiboun you are right too many Shites where left breathing, not Naiim Qassem's filthy son though we turned him into a piece of Shite..

Thumb slash 15 August 2012, 20:17

dont hope too much , remember what happened in chouf ? you took beirut but they walked on you everywhere else !

Missing vaclav_havel 15 August 2012, 15:59

Haydi mazer3a moch dawli!

Missing whyaskwhy 15 August 2012, 16:10

Hatfields and the McCoys going after it again....redneck justice

Default-user-icon majd (Guest) 15 August 2012, 18:22

love4bashar 4 blowing up 4 shiite pilgrims. enjoy the 4 funerals and feel the love.

Default-user-icon Pierre (Guest) 15 August 2012, 18:47

now families have military wings... who are they resisting??? give me a break. Downward spiral for lebanon about to start.

Missing minlibnan 15 August 2012, 19:04

Ur a thug from behind a computer?

Thumb jahami 15 August 2012, 19:06

Goodbye Lebanon!

Missing minlibnan 15 August 2012, 19:09

Hizballah has never been so silly before. I had no idea they have become so weak. Their options are very simple. Start a war in lebanon in order to save their ass. Libnan will never be defeated!!

Thumb Marwan34 15 August 2012, 19:20

haha xD come let's fight !!! without weapons but with bare hands !!! then we will see who's gonna win !!!

Missing zakariah 15 August 2012, 19:36

"military wing" of a family!!! What more???

Default-user-icon joker (Guest) 15 August 2012, 19:39

I laughed when I heard the family talking about Hassan Salim al-Meqdad that he did not even know how to use a gun, that so funny he's the only one in the family to lack this talent.

Default-user-icon Avram (Guest) 15 August 2012, 19:54

The more Sunni filth get terminated and the sooner they are, the better off we all are. tfou

Missing fadi_albeiruti 15 August 2012, 20:09

These people would never dare do what they're doing without the blessings,protection and the political cover of Hizballah, another proof that HA is nothing more then a terrorist organization disguised under the resistance banner, would love to see the Meqdad family act upon their threats and head towards Tripoli, guaranty you they won't be received very kindly.

Missing samiam 15 August 2012, 20:13

no one is scared of the shii--they have just confirmed to the world who they really are. Nothing more than thugs, murderers, kidnappers hiding behind the guise of religion.

luckily, they have the most dysfunctional government in this country's history to give them the cover of not doing anything.

Default-user-icon Sky (Guest) 15 August 2012, 21:02

Galiboun my camrad, don't bother about the lowlifes whom comment. They resemble of those whom in May 2008 were big, tough and brave and said they will kick Hizbullah/Amal big time when they arrived to Beirut. When they heard that Hizbullah where close they throw their weapons on the ground and ran for shelter in basements. When they were captured they all said they are construction workers:)Today same people in my area in central Beirut did the same, till they heard that men in the southern parts of Beirut are armed and on the streets, they all ran home with explanation that soon it is Iftar:) Cowards that is what they are and not men.

Missing jimbei 15 August 2012, 21:27

After the ISF intelligence branch foiled Bashar al Assad's plans by catching Samaha it seems that the Syrian regime bombed Aazaz on purpose.

Since their intention was to ignite strife using the explosives that were transported by Samaha, the Syrian regime saw this as an opportunity to cause trouble.

Furthermore how did the Miqdad family get the information on all those syrians that were captured? And how is it possible for them to kidnap all these syrian nationals without the security forces noticing or attempting to stop them?

Missing jimbei 15 August 2012, 21:29

Which in turn would imply that they are being assisted either from Hezbollah or the Army intelligence branch... For all we know this the Plan b of Bashar after Samaha got captured.

Missing allouchi 15 August 2012, 22:17

lol

Default-user-icon boujamrah (Guest) 16 August 2012, 00:20

Anyone still asking themselves if any true FPMer remained with Aoun go read the Tayyar forum. None of the Qawmis, Shiites and Commies now constituting the Aounists base even mentioned the hundreds of Lebanese kidnapped from Lebanon by the Syrian Mukhabarat dying in Syrian jails. Instead they support the Shiite terrorists attempt to start a civil war because some of their terrorist brothers were caught killing in Syria for Bashar.

Default-user-icon Mitch (Guest) 16 August 2012, 00:34

Badna el jeish el lebneneh ya3mil jineh 3askareh baka badna nokhlas min hal zo3ran

Missing midan 16 August 2012, 06:01

@tonyfarris , no i live in Australia, i dont watch tv since we only get Mostaqbal and MTV and OTV, no i dont watch them. Neither do i watch or have watched al manar. I rely on pples accounts, friends in Syria, colleauges from uni, who were still there but right now, im not hearing from them coz the situation has gotten worse unfortunately. Im not attacking u mate! so dont be a hater for no reason!

Also i check news on Youtube, RT, BBC ( sometimes). and journalists from washington post, Fisks' articles. Galloway.

Thumb geha 16 August 2012, 06:11

تبّا لذالك الخائن الغبي الذي يخطف مدنيين لبنانيين في سوريا, و تبّا أكثر لدولة ترعى خطف "عشيرة" لرعايا أجانب على أراضيها. على الجيش الحرّ تحرير كل لبناني مخطوف و على الجيش اللبناني تحرير كل سوري مخطوف الان.

Default-user-icon Watcher On A Hill (Guest) 16 August 2012, 06:17

One thing is clear , a new slogan has emerged today in Lebanon ;

The Army
The People
The Resistance
The Al Meqdad Family

Missing fadi_albeiruti 16 August 2012, 07:00

The country has been ruined for a long time, it all started by allowing the trash to keep their weapons.

Missing lovelebanonn 16 August 2012, 07:28

Yeslamoule ana kellon wahhabis , salafis, hizbullah, moqdadis, shi ble7yeh shi bala le7yeh.. Shou Ken 7elo lebnen balehon kellon.. Please fakro shi marra bas b lebnen.. Forget about saudia and Iran and syria .. Only lebanon

Missing whyaskwhy 16 August 2012, 08:13

Lets see todays smoking mirror for some is that the Moqdads are just a loving clan that lives peacefuly in a wonderful area nesteled in the hills of Beirute milking cows for a living. Reality is that they are like or not part of the wings of Hizballah if you doubt it try making the same statements in the area and wave your cuase around saying what they said and see how many members of Hizballa suddenly show up to your Barmitzva. They claim they are autonomus and I am sure even clown will claim they dont belong to his circus or affiliated with! its an embarisment first to the current failed government and to those of the Circus not to mention the rest of Lebanon. What a shame....pick up that picture of your idol and come up with excuses why he has nothing to do with this....