Lebanese forces arrest prominent Daesh militant in Arsal

Published May 25th, 2016 - 02:30 GMT
Lebanese forces deployed in a military operation in Arsal. (AFP/File)
Lebanese forces deployed in a military operation in Arsal. (AFP/File)

The National News Agency reported that the Lebanese army arrested a prominent Daesh militant in the northeastern border town of Arsal.

It said that Sameh al-Breidy was detained in a military operation in the town. The army did not release the charges for al-Breidy, but he is suspected to have ties to Daesh and cross-border smuggling

The army is continuing to carry out security measures in the area.

In August 2014, Arsal was overrun by militants from the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front and Daesh. The two militant groups frequently clash with Lebanese forces and with each other.

Tensions in the border area are frequently high due to its proximity to the conflict in Syria. Arsal has served as a conduit for fighters and arms smugglers linked to the neighboring country.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the original. 


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