Lebanon captures four senior Daesh militants

Published August 7th, 2016 - 06:00 GMT
Daesh militants. (AFP/File)
Daesh militants. (AFP/File)

Army Commander General Jean Kahwagi warned offenders in comments published Saturday that they wouldn't enjoy impunity in light of the arrest of four senior Daesh members on the outskirts of the restive northeastern border town of Arsal.

Kahwagi reportedly told Future newspaper that the stealthy operation was "an important message to offenders that assaulting the army and civilians will not go unpunished."

The army captured four Daesh militants, including two prominent members, in an operation in Arsal's Wadi Ata area.

Two of the arrested militants were Lebanese, identified as Tareq al-Fliti and Sameh al-Breidy, and were senior members of ISIS. The other two were Syrian nationals.

Breidy died after his capture as a result of injuries sustained during the operation.

The Lebanese militants had been wanted for their involvement in rigging cars used in attacks on Lebanon in 2013 and 2014, the assassination of Lebanese Army Maj. Pierre Bechaalani and 1st. Adjutant Khaled Zahraman in Arsal in Feb. 2013, as well as fighting against army in Aug. 2014.

Breidy had also been personally responsible for firing rockets onto the northeastern town of Hermel in 2013.

It is believed that thousands of militants belonging to Daesh and the Fatah al-Sham Front – formerly known as the Nusra Front – are holed up on the outskirts of Arsal.

The army pounds their hideouts on a near daily basis to keep them at bay, and has arrested several suspected militants.

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