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Lebanon arrests Daesh commander

August 31, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Lebanese soldiers [Muhammed Ali Akman/Anadolu Agency]

Lebanese authorities detained and interrogated a suspected Daesh commander and referred his case to a special court, Lebanon’s state news agency NNA reported today.

Security forces arrested the man in Arsal, a town in northeastern Lebanon near the enclave Daesh held until a Lebanese army offensive pushed them from it last week.

During interrogation the man confessed to participation in several attacks in Lebanon as well as recruitment, smuggling, kidnapping, arms procurement and financing Daesh operations, NNA reported.

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A military investigative judge in Lebanon today charged 39 individuals of Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese nationalities with belonging to and promoting the ideology of Daesh.

Daesh has carried out several attacks in Lebanon in recent years, including a series of suicide bombings in the small town of Qaa in the Bekaa valley a year ago.