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The Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade, which has claimed several terror attacks in Lebanon, including last week's suicide blast at the Duroy Hotel in Beirut, pledged its allegiance to the newly named Islamic State and its caliph, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Syrian state media claimed that three explosives-packed cars, including two with Lebanese license plates, were found in the Qalamoun region along the Lebanese border. Two Palestinians were killed and at least four people were wounded in a clash in the Shatila refugee camp in southern Beirut. Medical supplies are running low in the border town of Arsal.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, which now calls itself the Islamic State, has reportedly appointed Abdul Salam al Ordoni as its emir for Lebanon. Ordoni allegedly has set up a camp near the Turkish-Syrian border to train suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, and provided instructions in Istanbul to the ISIS suicide team that was broken up this week in Beirut. Monzer al Hasan, a suspected terrorist who gave suicide belts to the Saudi ISIS bombers, is thought to have left Akkar for rebel-held areas in Syria. In a separate investigation, security forces dismantled three other suicide bombing cells after arresting ringleader Abou Oubaida al-Asli in Akkar. A request by the family of incarcerated extremist Omar Bakri for asylum in the UK was denied; Bakri was arrested in Tripoli on May 25 and accused of membership in ISIS and al Qaeda, providing terrorist training, preparing to create an Islamic emirate in north Lebanon, and inciting against the Lebanese government and military.
After interrogating two suspected terrorists arrested in Akkar, security forces raided a cave on the outskirts of Fnaydeq in north Lebanon that was being used as a bomb-making workshop, and also seized weapons and ammunition from a residence in the village. Security forces are still looking for suicide bombers and two explosives-packed vehicles. Shiite organizations cancelled public iftars during Ramadan due to security fears. A detained member of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide bomb team said he and a Saudi accomplice had spent five days in Istanbul prior to entering Lebanon, and that a Syrian man in Istanbul had told the team to attack Lebanese security forces; the target was later changed to a Beirut restaurant.
The military prosecutor charged 15 terror suspects, including the head of the Lebanese branch of al Qaeda, Toufik Tah; Abdullah Azzam Brigades' religious guide Sirajeddine Zuraiqat; and Raed Taleb. The suspects are accused of membership in the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, taking terror training in Syria and in the Ain al Hilweh camp, working with Jund al Sham in north Lebanon, and planning assassinations and bombings. A Saudi member of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide bombing team blew himself up in a Beirut hotel yesterday as security forces stormed the room, injuring another Saudi suspect; a third suspect escaped during the raid. Following the raid, authorities arrested a Swedish national of Lebanese origin who allegedly provided explosives and suicide vests to the team.
Sirajeddine Zureiqat, a fugitive Lebanese cleric and spokesman for the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, warned that Sunnis in Syria and Lebanon are aiming to strike Hezbollah, and threatened more attacks such as the recent bombings in southern Beirut. Lebanese authorities deported a Frenchman who was on his way to carry out a suicide bombing in Syria for an al Qaeda-linked group; authorities also questioned a French citizen from the Comoros Islands arrested on June 20, who confessed to being recruited by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham for a suicide bombing.
A suicide car bombing outside a cafe by a military checkpoint in Beirut wounded 12 people. One report said the bomber was a female who tried to cross the checkpoint but detonated when troops became suspicious of her behavior. Authorities had been looking for two suicide bombers and an explosives-laden truck before the attack. Security forces said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham is threatening Lebanon, and noted the recent discovery of a plan to bomb multiple targets in an effort to ignite a Sunni-Shiite conflict in the country. Authorities interrogated a French terror suspect and repatriated a Saudi suspect. ISIS is said to be using the Wadi Khaled border area for its operations following the closure of outlets in Arsal.
Military intelligence arrested three Syrians and two Lebanese at the Harbata-Labweh checkpoint in the Baalbek region on suspicion of plotting a terrorist act; the five men were reportedly on their way to the Arsal hills with aid for Syrian opposition forces. One of them, Omar al-Satem, was said to be a wanted fugitive; his family disputed the report. Also in Arsal, a man abducted on May 27 by the Al Nusrah Front was released; and a grenade exploded in the hands of a Syrian man, killing him. The bomber in the June 20 attack in Dahr al-Baydar is said to have been a Syrian. One of three men arrested in Hamra on June 20 is a French national of Arab origin, who reportedly is a leader in a terrorist network. The mufti of Tripoli and north Lebanon, Sheikh Malek Shaar, claimed that "Tripoli does not host any single [member] of ISIS or al Qaeda."
Security forces were on high alert over rumors that the Abdullah Azzam Brigades is planning suicide car bomb attacks in Lebanon. Several foreigners lacking proper identification were detained at Beirut's weekend market, and 26 wanted individuals were arrested yesterday in Majdalya. Authorities released 13 of 17 suspected terrorists arrested yesterday in Beirut. Yesterday's botched suicide bombing at a Bekaa valley checkpoint was claimed by the Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade, which vowed to keep trying to attack its target.
A suicide bomber killed two people and wounded at least 20 others when he was stopped at a checkpoint in the Dahr al-Baidar area of the Bekaa valley. The blast came within 200 feet of the convoy of General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, who was unharmed. A Mossad report published today claimed that the Abdullah Azzam Brigades was plotting to assassinate a senior Lebanese security official such as Gen. Ibrahim. Security forces arrested 17 men in Beirut thought to be part of an Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham plot to assassinate Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri there. Twelve of the suspects, who included Pakistanis and Palestinians as well as Lebanese, were in the hotel where Berri was to attend an Amal party conference. Security forces locked down many roads in Lebanon.
The Army is stepping up patrols along the Syrian border to prevent spillover from the growing conflict in Syria and Iraq. The National Islamic Gathering in Lebanon issued a statement yesterday praising the current conflict in Iraq as a "revolution of the oppressed" and denounced Nouri al Maliki as "the prime minister of Tehran in Baghdad."
Hezbollah leader Nasrallah credited Hezbollah's role in Syria with keeping the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham out of Beirut. Hezbollah forces discovered a tunnel between Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut. At an international conference in Rome, 40 countries pledged logistical support to strengthen the Lebanese Army in its fight against terrorism, but none offered funding or weapons. The Army as well as Hezbollah members deployed to the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh after reports that a terrorist group was planning to attack two hospitals there.
A Saudi news outlet claimed that Hezbollah is sending more fighters into Syria as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continues its offensive in Iraq. Gunmen from Syria crossed over into Arsal but fled back across the border when Lebanese forces fired at them. Firefighters in Akkar stopped a blaze from reaching a gas firm. Masked Fatah gunmen guarded entrances to the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.