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* Abdel-Sattar Jad, also known as Farouq al-Masri or Abu Muhammad al-Masri was born in 1964. He is probably from the Town of Nablus, nowadays in the West Bank of the Palestinian Authority, where al-Masri clan is one of the prominent families, but was himself an Egyptian citizen. (Al-Masri clan moved to Nablus from Egypt in 1844, when Ibrahim Pasha from Egypt conquered the region for few years, in order to strengthen the Egyptian grip on the area. The meaning of the name Al-Masri is – The Egyptian).

Abdel-Sattar Jad was an explosives expert in Ayman Al Zawahiri’s EGYPTIAN Islamic Jihad (EIJ) and fought in Afghanistan in the late 80s’. In 1992, after Abdel-Sattar Jad returned to Egypt from Afghanistan he fled Egypt because of constant pressure from the Egyptian police. In 1997 Abdel-Sattar Jad settled down in the Palestinian refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon in Southern Lebanon. 

He became the Imam of a radical Islamic group Usbat al-Ansar, affiliated to Al Qaeda and related also to Munir Maqdah. In a 06/2002 letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Israel’s UN Ambassador Yehuda Lancry identified al-Masri as the leader of Al Qaeda’s operations in Lebanon.

According to the Jordanian Intelligence Abdel-Sattar Jad was involved in the JORDANIAN MILLENNIUM plot. Abdel-Sattar Jad was killed in a mysterious explosion on 02/28/2003 in Ain al-Hilweh. An unknown ephemeral organization “The Youth of the Palestinian Struggle” took responsibility on the assassination. Up to nowadays it is unclear who was really behind the explosion.

The London Sunday Times reported that Israel’s external intelligence agency, the Mossad, carried out the operation.  


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