Lebanese Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi addresses officers in Yarzeh, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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Lebanon's Army chief signaled the military's intention to uphold stability and intensify its counterterrorism operations as the police launched a fresh crackdown on stolen cars to prevent them from being used in bombing operations.Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi said Friday the military would remain the guarantor of Lebanon's stability in the face of security challenges and political uncertainty. Kahwagi said the Army had devoted the past months to counter-terrorism and stressed that the military was stepping up these efforts in order to "apprehend these [terror] cells and tighten the noose around all suspect groups".He stressed that the Army only took action against parties targeting citizens and the military. Kahwagi also denounced campaigns targeting the Army, saying the military enjoyed the backing of many states.Kahwagi also said the upcoming constitutional deadlines meant the military had a great responsibility, while warning against the military intervening in politics.Army and police officers cordoned off the car and declared it free of explosives after being examined by bomb experts.
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