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Death of a Terrorist: International Terrorist Finds Death in Syria

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Fawzi Ayoub in Hezbollah uniform

Fawzi Ayoub in Hezbollah uniform
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JERUSALEM – Fawzi Ayoub, a Hezbollah terrorist who was imprisoned in Israel for an attempted terrorist attack in Jerusalem and was also on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list, finally met his death in Syria last month. The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) provides us with a glimpse in to the life of an international terrorist.

On May 26, 2014, Hezbollah announced the death of Hajj Fawzi Mustafa Muhammad Ayoub (Hajj Abu Abbas). He was a senior field operative with a long history of terrorist activity abroad. According to Hezbollah he was killed while “fulfilling his duty of Jihad.” There are two versions of where he died. Lebanese and Syrian media reported that he was commanding a Hezbollah force in Aleppo, and was killed there.

However, “Lebanese security sources” and a Syrian source reported that he was killed in the Syrian town of Nawa in the southern Golan Heights, in the Dara’a province. It was also reported that last year he was wounded in the battles at Al-Qusayr.

Ayoub’s career as a terrorist spanned over three continents. He was a Lebanese Shi’ite who was born in Beirut in 1966 and lived in the south Lebanon town of Ain Qana. He joined Lebanon’s Shi’ite Amal Movement and then Hezbollah. As a Hezbollah operative he was involved, along with two others, in the 1988 attempt to hijack an Iraqi plane in Bucharest to attain the release of Shi’ite clerics being held prisoner in Baghdad. He was caught by the Romanian authorities before he could act, but one of his accomplices carried out the attack. The hijacked plane crashed in the Saudi Arabian desert and 60 people were killed. Some months later Hezbollah managed to release Ayoub by bribing Romanian officials.

After release from jail in Romania in 1988 he moved to Canada, and four years later became a naturalized Canadian citizen. He married a woman from Detroit and went to work in a supermarket, and also enrolled in a university. According to the American attorney general, for a certain period of time he lived and worked in Michigan. In 1994 he divorced his wife and married a woman of Lebanese extraction. At the beginning of 2000 he returned to Lebanon with his family and opened a bakery.

He returned to Lebanon on a Canadian passport and resumed activity in Hezbollah. He was trained to carry out sensitive missions abroad, and underwent training in the use of explosives in secret Hezbollah apartments in Beirut. He was taught how to hide his Lebanese identity and told to speak only English once in Israel.

During the 1990’s and the beginning of this century Hezbollah was responsible for a series of attempted terrorist attacks in Israel through the agency of Lebanese and Muslim terrorist operatives sent from Europe, traveling on real or false passports. In the ITIC’s assessment, Hezbollah’s objective was to provide backup for the efforts of the Palestinian terrorist organizations, led by Hamas, to sabotage the Oslo Accords with terrorist attacks and weaken the Palestinian Authority (PA). The attempted attacks, which were carried out by Hezbollah’s overseas terrorist squads, in the ITIC’s assessment in coordination with and directed by Iran, were not successful. The Hezbollah operatives sent to Israel were caught and detained by the Israeli security Forces.

The terrorist attacks in Israel and the PA-administered areas originating in Europe usually had a set modus operandi. In a European country, a cover identity was created and contact was made with local Hezbollah operatives. The terrorist operative received a foreign passport and preparations were made for his journey to Israel. Later, the operative arrived in Israel with his non-Lebanese passport and began his operations, including gathering of intelligence, making explosives and IEDs, and then carrying out an attack. During the time Hezbollah followed the above modus operandi a number of its terrorist operatives were detained in Israel, among them Hussein Miqdad (1996), Steven Smirk (1997), Fawzi Ayoub (2000) and Jihad Shuman (2001).

Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.

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  1. Good news. G’D bless Israel!

  2. good to hear this …

  3. AlanKardon says:

    The world is now a better place. I hope the virgins are uglier than you are if that is possible.

  4. Paul W. Howe says:

    He has chosen that path, now get your prize in hell…

  5. the world is a little better

  6. He who sows the wind reaps the whirlwind !

  7. They are only good killing civilians

  8. middle east’s watchdogs

  9. middle east’s watchdogs

  10. Live with anger look for anger find a good fight lose in your minds honor

  11. ok ur case is closed 4 eva……

  12. In the hell are waiting 72 virgins with 72 houses.

  13. John Dyer says:

    now rot in hell

  14. AryehSax620 says:

    Not only ugly but wrapped in pig skins.

  15. Good riddance to bad trash. Hope he died horribly as he deserved it.

  16. Sarah Rosler says:

    סוף סוף !

  17. RonnyMol says:

    Wait a minute, you were on the FBI most wanted, that means there is a reward. Which Sunni gets the reward. Now it was already decided in the US courts that you get the whole reward, no taxes paid to foreign national.

  18. Time to do the happy dance….

  19. wonderfully, hopefully many of your friends will follow you soon!

  20. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

  21. He’s going to be a busy man now, keeping 300 former virgins happy.

  22. Paul W. Howe says:

    i.e pigs & dogs…

  23. mORE TO COME! DEATH TO ALL TERRORISTS!!! Am Israel chai!!!

  24. Gene Strong says:

    Good news..
    Good riddance..

  25. “Another one bites the dust…another one bites the dust”!!!

  26. Ed Carrera says:

    Great ! Today June 8 infidels kuffer are celebrating death of evil prophet Mohammed with beer & bacon

  27. Tony Mark says:

    G-D works in mysterious ways .

  28. Anybody considering this a “freedom fighter” is a bigger than he was.

  29. what a surprise he is in for! Murderers go to HELL! Enjoy!

  30. whooo hooo one down

  31. green on green get out the kosher pop corn

  32. John Carroll says:

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer man

  33. Uzi Kattan says:

    Israel should have ended his worthless life instead of releasing him.

  34. His actions to be a terrorist against humanity is finally regarded by his ultimate leader, Satan, whom he serves not in Hell.

  35. Those guys will do anything to escape the hangman’s noose.

  36. …playing with explosives shortens life – life is beautiful… 😉

  37. Mark Levin says:

    And another one bites the dust.
    Arab Jihadists are so repugnant to humanity they deserve to have Michelle Obama as their leader.

  38. Now gets his 72 virgins. LOL!!!!

  39. Ben II says:

    Shimon Peres & Livni are likely upset, they have always supported Islamic terrorists.

  40. LesLeGear says:

    Such good news always cheers me up. Hope he’s burning in hell with ararat and the other dead savages.

  41. Anyone who would deny a man’s right to examine the circumstances around a given situation, in particular as it might apply to the Zionist enterprise, is quite possibly one of Netanyahu’s hasbara operatives.

  42. Warren Lewis says:

    Begin official period of mourning. Times up. Who wants to go for ice cream?

  43. JudithYvonneDowla says:

    A Time to Live and A Time to Die. Who controls the timing on life and death? One and the same who counts the hairs on our very heads.

  44. Leora Beck says:

    What does that even mean, Norman Elliott?

  45. Why he was living in freedom????

  46. ha ha ha maybe the virgins will not want anything to do with him… virgins are usually young and are not so crazy about rough dirty old men. just a thought!

  47. Could not have happened to a better guy

  48. Thank you God. Some good news.

  49. Damn, I’m all choked up *sniff* …NOT!

  50. RonnySithalpersad says:

    A person that lives by the gun dies by the gun ”Long live Israel”

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