Jordanian in Ohio convicted of trying to join Daesh

He wanted to become a suicide bomber and told a friend that the Daesh group was “fighting a survival war.” (File/AFP)
Updated 07 December 2018
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Jordanian in Ohio convicted of trying to join Daesh

  • Prosecutors say he is a legal permanent resident of the US, and he was trying to fly to Turkey or Jordan before joining with Daesh group fighters in Syria
  • He faces up to 20 years in prison for each conviction

CINCINNATI: A Jordanian citizen who was living in Ohio has been convicted of attempting to join the Daesh to fight against the Syrian leadership.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the US Justice Department announced 28-year-old Laith Waleed Alebbini was convicted Thursday of attempting to and conspiring to join the terrorist group.
Alebbini was arrested at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky in 2017.
Prosecutors say he is a legal permanent resident of the US, and he was trying to fly to Turkey or Jordan before joining with Daesh group fighters in Syria.
The justice department says Alebbini wanted to become a suicide bomber and told a friend that the Daesh group was “fighting a survival war.”
He faces up to 20 years in prison for each conviction.


Lebanon says it foiled plots to stage attacks in May

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Lebanon says it foiled plots to stage attacks in May

  • The attacks were planned from Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province and were timed to coincide with Lebanon’s general election, the interior minister said
  • Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces monitored the plot and thwarted it, he said

BEIRUT: Lebanon foiled a plot by militants based in Syria to carry out two attacks this year against places of worship and Lebanese army positions, Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said on Monday.
The attacks were planned from Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province and were timed to coincide with Lebanon’s general election that took place in May, he said in a televised news conference.
Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces monitored the plot and thwarted it, he said. The country remains safe for both residents and visitors, he added.
Lebanese authorities say they have disrupted or foiled numerous attacks in recent years, including some linked to the conflict in neighboring Syria. From 2013-2016 militants struck Lebanon repeatedly with bomb attacks
Idlib province is part of the last remaining stronghold in Syria outside government control and much of it is held by extremist rebel groups including the country’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
Lebanon shares power among its religious sects and has maintained a “dissociation” policy of staying out of regional conflicts.
However, Lebanon’s Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah has played a key military role in Syria supporting President Bashar Assad against mostly Sunni rebels seeking to oust him.