A terrorist released by Israel in the deal to return Elhanan Tannenbaum from his Hezbollah captors was killed in fighting in Syria this week. A report on the website Lebanon Now said that Fauzy Ayoub, a senior officer in Hezbollah, was killed in fighting in the Aleppo area.
Ayoub, also known as Abu Abbas, was a US citizen who was born in Lebanon. He was enlisted in Hezbollah's “foreign service” unit, and sent on various terror missions.
Ayoub was arrested by IDF soldiers in Samaria in 2002, when he was sent to train local terrorists in advanced terror tactics. He had previously entered Israel under an assumed identity.
Ayoub was released in 2004 as part of the deal to release Tannenbaum, one of 435 released by Israel in exchange for the kidnapped businessman.
He was taken back into Hezbollah and worked on various terror activities and training programs. Ayoub added to the FBI's Most Wanted List in 2008.
Ayoub had been fighting for Hezbollah with the Syrian army against rebel groups for almost two years. He was injured last year in the fighting.