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Lebanon issues warrant for ISIS commander over Arsal clashes

Lebanese Army soldiers prepare to deploy toward Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT: A Lebanese judge Thursday issued arrest warrants for two Syrian nationals, including the alleged ISIS commander whose apprehension by the Lebanese Army ignited gunbattles in the Bekaa Valley border town of Arsal earlier in August.

Military Investigative Judge Imad Zein issued arrest warrants for Imad Ahmad Jomaa, accused of being ISIS commander in Syria’s Qalamoun region, and Ahmad Jomaa. According to a judicial source, there is no relation between the two men.

Both Jomaas were charged with belonging to a terror group and carrying out terrorist activities, as well as plotting the Aug. 2 attack on Arsal that resulted in the deaths of 19 soldiers and the kidnapping of 29 policemen and troops.

Zein also charged them with undermining the authority of the state and trying to establish an Islamic emirate in Arsal.

The judicial source refused to reveal the content of the confessions made by either suspect, citing the need to protect the secrecy of the investigation.

Zein will continue to interrogate the remaining 18 suspects – 14 Syrians and four Lebanese – held in connection with the Arsal clashes, the source added.

He said the interrogations would be carried out in batches beginning next week.

 

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