(The Daily Star/ Mohammad Azakir)
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Military intelligence arrested two Lebanese and three Syrians Sunday in east Lebanon on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist group, in the Lebanese Army's latest crackdown on terror, a senior military official said.Prime Minister Tammam Salam, meanwhile, reassured Gulf states during a visit to Kuwait Sunday that the security situation in Lebanon was under control despite a suicide bombing at a police checkpoint on the Beirut-Damascus highway last Friday that fueled fears of violent spillover from Syria and Iraq.Earlier, the Army said in a statement that five men, two Lebanese and three Syrians, were arrested at the Harbta-Labweh checkpoint in the Baalbek region on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist group.Salam reassured the jittery Lebanese and Gulf states, concerned about the return of car bombings, that the security situation in Lebanon was under control, describing the Dahr al-Baidar blast as a "passing" incident.Later, speaking at a news conference in Kuwait, Salam was told that the United Arab Emirates, citing security concerns, warned its nationals not to stay in or travel to Lebanon.
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