The Director of the General Security in Lebanon announced that 3 people were arrested for being tasked to scout for possible targets in Lebanon. These would then be targets for bomb and ramming attacks. A Lebanese national and his Lebanese wife, along with a Palestinian refugee were arrested for belonging to a terrorist group, communicating with senior officials in it, and attempting to leave for Syria to join its ranks. During the interrogation, they admitting that they belong to a terrorist group and that the Palestinian refugee had recruited the couple on behalf of the group. The couple then travelled to Turkey with the aim of entering Syria to join the wife’s relatives, who are fighting alongside Daesh. The Turkish authorities arrested the two, who were then deported. After returning to Lebanon, the husband contacted his brother-in-law, who put him in touch with a “security operator” in the extremist group. The “security operator” tasked him with collecting information and setting targets for bombings, suicide attacks and mass crowd-ramming operations, all in Lebanon. The detainees used the name “swift invasion” to refer to the operation. The husband was trained to contact the group using encrypted messages, which General Security’s technical teams had managed to access. Bravo to the Lebanese General Security for
and arrested them before they could execute the attacks.