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  • FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, Lebanese people gather at the scene where two explosions have struck near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. DNA tests confirmed that a man in Lebanese custody is the suspected leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has claimed responsibility for bombings across the Middle East, the Lebanese army said Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. The latest attack claimed by the group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was the Nov. 19 double bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut that killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

    Lebanon IDs commander of al-Qaida-linked group

    BEIRUT (AP) — DNA tests confirmed that a man in government custody is the alleged leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has conducted attacks across the Middle East before shifting its focus to Syria's civil war, Lebanese authorities said Friday.

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  • "Now the diplomatic process is dead in the water," Alani said, adding that the U.S. was starting to relax the pressure on Gulf states who wished to supply the opposition with anti-aircraft weapons.

    Syrian rebels name new military commander →

  • "The value of this man to the rebels is enormous. He was the commander of the Syrian army in the south, which included Daraa province and Golan area. These are the nearest points to Damascus," said Mustafa Alani, the director of the security department at the Geneva-based Gulf Research Center.

    Syrian rebels name new military commander →

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