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A military judge issued an arrest warrant for B.M., a defector from the Syrian army suspected of membership in the Islamic State who allegedly was recruiting fellow Syrians for suicide attacks against the Assad regime. The suspect, who was arrested on the Beirut-Bekaa highway, had fought with the Islamic Farouq Brigades in Syria. Demonstrators carrying Islamic State banners blocked roads in Tripoli for a second day, demanding the release of dozens of inmates from Roumieh prison.
Security sources warned that suicide bombers from the Al Nusrah Front and other extremist groups are preparing to launch attacks, possibly in Shiite and Christian areas. Extremists from Syria infiltrated into Arsal and executed the father of a teenage boy who had been similarly executed in Arsal last month. Would-be Saudi suicide bomber Ali al-Thweni was charged with membership in the ISIS, possession of car bombs and a suicide belt, and recruiting suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon. A rocket fired from the Eastern Mountains landed in a Bekaa Valley town. In a video posted on July 6, the Islamic State threatened to release Muslim captives from jails in Lebanon and elsewhere and "liquidate" judges, security forces, and guards. Moustafa Abdul Hay, a 22-year-old from Tripoli who joined the Ahrar al Sham two years ago and more recently joined the ISIS, reportedly became the first Lebanese suicide bomber in Iraq since the declaration of the IS caliphate. Hezbollah's deputy secretary general, Sheikh Naim Qassem, claimed that the terrorist group Islamic State is sponsored by the US.
An Al Nusrah Front official in Qalamoun, Syria released a speech claiming that the terror group has penetrated security and has "thousands" of mujahideen inside Lebanon ready to begin battle against Shiite villages; he also promised speedy relief to inmates in Roumieh and other prisons. The military prosecutor charged 28 suspects with membership in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, planning to carry out suicide and other bomb attacks, training suicide bombers for attacks in Beirut, and purchasing materials for bombs; seven of the suspects are in custody. A grenade blew up near a Tripoli cafe; four suspects have been arrested for recent grenade attacks in the city. A judge called for the death penalty for two Syrian brothers, along with four other Syrians, accused of membership in the Ziad Jarrah Brigades and preparing arms and explosives for use in Syria; one of the brothers, Mahmoud Mohammad Rabii, is at large. Two men, a Sudanese and a Tunisian, were arrested in Tripoli on security-related charges. Police arrested Qassem Husseini, the leader of a 50-member Bekaa Valley kidnapping gang, along with his brother Zein al-Abidine al-Husseini. Syrian airstrikes bombed "groups of gunmen" in Arsal yesterday.
An Omani member of Fatah was sentenced to life in prison. Police searched for a car bomb in Beirut. The Iranian ambassador said his country is willing to help Lebanon fight terrorism. Authorities are seeking to prosecute the operators of an alleged Twitter account of the Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade, which recently threatened attacks on Lebanese churches. Sheikh Sirajeddine Zouraykat of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades reportedly called the Twitter account "fake."
A grenade was thrown into a Tripoli bakery that was open during Ramadan fasting hours. A judge called for the death sentence for a Syrian woman who possessed detonators and had passed them on to an accomplice. Security forces are bracing for an attack at Roumieh prison; two inmates have been managing a terror network outside the prison, and the Al Nusrah Front emir in Qalamoun, Syria, recently spoke of freeing Islamist prisoners "within days." The Free Sunnis of Baalbek Brigade, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, said its fighters are planning to target Christians and churches in Lebanon, particularly in the Bekaa region; authorities dismissed the threat.
The Islamic Action Party and other Lebanese Islamist groups and leaders, including Hizb ut-Tahrir, denounced the Islamic State's recent claim to have formed a caliphate. In north Tripoli, an attacker on a motorcycle threw a grenade into a cafe, wounding four patrons who were eating during the hours of the Ramadan fast; and security forces defused a bomb under a bridge. In Beirut, security forces arrested two wanted terror suspects, reportedly a Saudi national and a female companion who were detained in Tariq al-Jedideh.
The al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades called for Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria, dared it to fight in Iraq, and threatened further attacks in Lebanon. Security forces blocked roads to Beirut's Roumieh prison due to fears that the prison might be attacked. A roadside bomb detonated near an Army patrol in Tripoli. Security forces and Hezbollah are trying to thwart Islamic State plans to conduct further attacks, including suicide bombings, in Lebanon; the group is said to have infiltrated Palestinian refugee camps. The IS-linked Jund al Sham in the Ain al Hilweh camp reportedly has over 200 members. Attempts are still being made to free two kidnapped bishops in Syria.
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.