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Reports: ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ with Dearborn Ties Dies While Fighting for Hezbollah

A former resident of Dearborn fighting with the global terrorist organization Hezbollah has been killed in Syria.

Faouzi Ayoub, 47, one of only 30 people listed on the FBI' Most Wanted Terrorists list, was killed while fighting with Hellzbollah in Syria, according to reports. He formerly lived in Dearborn. (Photo: FBI)
Faouzi Ayoub, 47, one of only 30 people listed on the FBI' Most Wanted Terrorists list, was killed while fighting with Hellzbollah in Syria, according to reports. He formerly lived in Dearborn. (Photo: FBI)

Former Dearborn resident Faouzi Ayoub, 47, one of only 30 people listed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, died while fighting with Hezbollah to help Syrian President Bashar Assad battle opposition forces, according to reports.

Ayoub, who was under federal indictment for passport fraud after he attempted to bomb Israel, was a senior commander with the Lebanese militant group, Reuters reports.

Ayoub lived in Dearborn for several years after marrying a woman from Detroit. He was indicted in 2009 on one count of passport fraud after allegedly using a forged passport to enter Israel, where he planned to participate in a bombing on behalf of Hezbollah, a Shiite militant group the Christian Science Monitor said is one of the most powerful armies in the world.

Ayoub’s known aliases included Fawzi Mohammed Mustafa Ayoub, Faouzi Mohamed Ayoub, Fawzi Mohamad Ayoub, Hussein Ahmed Mustafa Ayoub, Abu Fawaz, Abu Fuaz, Abu Ahmed, Hajj Faouzi, Ziyad Khoury, Frank Mariano Boschi, Frank Marion Bushi, Housein Iyoub, Huseein Ayyub and Frank Boschi, according to the FBI web site.

The Detroit Free Press said the FBI would not confirm reports that Ayoub was killed while fighting to help Syria’s government, but a Twitter account tied to Hezbollah described him as a martyr who was killed in battle.

Ayoub has a history of terrorism dating back nearly 30 years, the Free Press said. In 1986, he was convicted in Romania of trying to hijack an Iraqi airplane ready to take off from Bucharest, according to testimony before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 2012

Ayoub was detained, but his partner escaped capture and crashed the jet in Saudi Arabia, killing 60 people, the Free Press said, citing Cold Terror, a book by Canadian journalist Stewart Bell that includes sections about Ayoub.

Ayoub fled to Canada in 1988 under a program for Lebanese refugees that is harshly criticized in Bell’s book. He lived there until he married and moved to Dearborn.

Cathedral June 11, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Debbie Schlussel ....Is she still alive and spewing her vitriol????? She is as believable as Marc Levin (no ethnic affiliation intended) Sean Hannity, Al Sharpton, Ann Coulter.....well, you get the idea......
RON Ostrodamus June 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Debbie does go overboard a bit at times but fighting fire with fire is an old tried and true tactic and unfortunately her tactics like that of the former JDL are needed at times to counter the vicious vitriolic hatred and violence fomented by Muslim terror and apparently tolerated by the water they swim in, in Dearborn. Again the FBI,under a namby pamby Obama (albeit he finally allowed the justifiable killing of Osama Bin Ladin though I wish we could have done with him what was done with Eichman so the whole world cold watch). What do you think of the United States Marines? I wonder about you Josepah, you love La Feast (Mo and his wife both muslim are good tolerant people in my opinion), but you hate Sahara who are Chaldean Christian. Is it just the food? When it comes to food I try to remain neutral, people usually do not fight over fine cuisine with the possible exception of the snobby French. To both Joseph and Cathedral I also wonder what are your opinions on the late Fr.Coughlin? A Saint to some who live here eg according to a local semi biographical"The Mayor's Daughter". I bet you do not share the opinion I have of that vitriolic hate spewing monster which apparently is identical to the opinion you have of Debbie Schlussel. I suspect you are both not so pro muslim as you are something else more ancient and evil considering Joseph's very descriptive unbalanced attack.
RON Ostrodamus June 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Add: Excellent journalism Beth, keep it up.
MoJo June 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Sounds like this couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. What a shame Debbie Schlussel couldn't have joined him. They could have one rip-roaring time together in hell.
T as in Truth June 12, 2014 at 04:22 AM
Dearborn's Mo Hamdan was on his way to join the fight with Hezbolla when the FBI grabbed him in March.

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