File - President Michel Sleiman heads a meeting for the Higher Defense Council in Baabda, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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With difficulties facing the convening of the Higher Defense Council in the absence of a president, officials should act to form "a ministerial crisis cell" to cope with the fallout of military advances in Iraq by extremists from the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a ministerial source said Monday.The source voiced fears that the parties that stood to benefit from the deteriorationof security in Lebanon, namely "dormant cells" of militants, might act to deal "a severe blow" to Lebanese stability as a reaction to ISIS' expansion into Iraq.The proposed ministerial committee should focus on the security situation in light of the upheavals sweeping the region, the source said.
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