The Lebanese Army Command’s Orientation Directorate issued a communiqué on Saturday, indicating that “the Army Intelligence Directorate managed to arrest members of a terrorist cell linked to the ISIL terrorist organization that was in the process of carrying out security activities inside Lebanon.
The Lebanese army has arrested a terrorist cell linked to ISIS, it said on Saturday. The cell was reportedly carrying out operations inside Lebanon. “The terrorist cell members were arrested in a series of security operations in the North and Bekaa regions on different dates, and it was found that they had received military training and collected weapons and war ammunition,” the army said in a statement.
The commander of the cell was identified as Khaled Al Talawy, the army said. ISIS has been damaged to the point that it does not hold any territory in Syria or Iraq any more. But its fighters still operate in some parts of Syria and Iraq, mostly in the vast uncontrolled border areas.
The Lebanese army also fought ISIS but did not engage in joint operations with Hezbollah for fear of angering the international community. Washington classifies the Iran-backed Hezbollah as a terrorist group. The Lebanese Shiite group has had a strong presence in northern Lebanon since 2015 after it defeated Syrian Sunni rebels who had controlled local villages and towns.