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Lebanon's Arabic Press Digest - June 21, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to The Daily Star's readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.

As-Safir

Lebanon victorious over terrorism in politics ... and security

Lebanon has been without a president for 28 days. Mahmoud Jamaleddine sacrificed himself for this vacuum. The 50-year-old Army officer who dedicated most of his life to the state is now a martyr.

With the martyrdom of Jamaleddine and the wounding of some 30 people, Lebanon’s security has been rattled once again. But such sacrifices have strengthened stability. Recent developments in Lebanon demonstrated that there is an internal and foreign will to keep Lebanon at bay but that does not call for calm. On the contrary, it calls for caution in the face of this takfiri terrorism attempting to destabilize Lebanon.

It was clear that the Dahr al-Baidar suicide bomber failed in the mission he was originally tasked with. But regardless of the target, the bomb attacked an Internal Security Forces checkpoint, two months and 20 days since the last bombing on an Army post in the northern Bekaa.

Friday’s events demonstrated that security in Lebanon is political first because irrespective of differences among politicians, they all have a common goal to combat terrorism. It also demonstrated that stability in Lebanon is a regional and international demand given the country's geography.

An-Nahar

Lebanon overcomes terrorism in Beirut with Western support

Lebanon seemed yesterday to be standing at the edge of a return to terrorism with unprecedented security measures and the suicide bombing in Dahr al-Baidar.

Developments redirected fears that dominated the country since the formation of a new Cabinet. The first victim of this security breach is the tourism season, which was a hopeful one.

An-Nahar has learned that Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk told the security meeting at the Grand Serail that there was no clear information yet about what happened and that the raid in Beirut resulted in the apprehension of four suspects. The minister also said that Lebanon had several weak points that should be dealt with: Roumieh prison, Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, and the outskirts of Arsal.

Al-Akhbar

Lebanon in line of fire: sleeper cells awaken

Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army are no longer the only targets. Lebanon is in the line of fire. Security sources say that sleeper cells are now awake and their members have infiltrated Lebanon: in the Bekaa, the south and its capital. Yesterday’s bombing was merely part of the picture and security agencies are expecting the worst: a huge terrorist attack using an explosive-rigged truck.

Lebanese are expecting a bomb at any time. Many Lebanese thought that the series of bombings and the bombers were gone forever especially after Hezbollah and the Syrian Army took over Qalamoun and retook Yabroud.

Security sources told Al-Akhbar that all that was available to Army Intelligence was that there was a group linked to the Abdullah Azzam Brigades preparing to carry out an attack against a hospital in the southern suburbs. In the past two weeks, intelligence indicated that some cells had been reactivated. The target remained unknown but everything including political figures and gatherings were the likely targets.

U.S. intelligence informed security agencies that there was a Saudi man in Napoleon Hotel in Hamra who was preparing for a suicide attack. German intelligences also informed Lebanon of a similar thing, prompting a raid.

 

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Summary

Lebanon victorious over terrorism in politics ... and security

Lebanon has been without a president for 28 days.

Recent developments in Lebanon demonstrated that there is an internal and foreign will to keep Lebanon at bay but that does not call for calm. On the contrary, it calls for caution in the face of this takfiri terrorism attempting to destabilize Lebanon.

Friday's events demonstrated that security in Lebanon is political first because irrespective of differences among politicians, they all have a common goal to combat terrorism.

Lebanon overcomes terrorism in Beirut with Western support

Lebanon is in the line of fire.


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