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  5/26/2014, Iyar 26, 5774

Lebanon Arrests British Islamist Leader who Praised Al-Qaeda

Lebanese security forces have arrested an influential Syrian-born Islamist cleric who went into hiding last month after a crackdown in the northern city of Tripoli, Reuters reported on Sunday.

Omar Bakri, who praised Al-Qaeda in recent speeches, founded the outlawed British Islamist group Al Muhajiroun and was banished from Britain to Lebanon in 2005.