Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic Press Digest - June 28, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

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


Abbas Ibrahim is the target ... Will ISIS push the state to fill the presidential gap?

Lebanon has been without a president for 35 days.

Although "preemptive security" has become something to boast about, that does not mean that there is not a clear danger to the Lebanese. Especially if you consider that some terrorist organizations are now working based on contradictory agendas, according to the interrogation of the would-be suicide Saudi bomber.

He told interrogators that he and his partner were tasked with carrying out a double suicide attack targeting Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim before receiving orders from Monzer al-Hasan to change the target. ISIS sought to take advantage of a security gap and target a restaurant in Chtaura during a ceremony to honor the Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorius Lahham III and Abbas Ibrahim.

Investigation with the Saudi national, as well as the French citizen from the Napoleon hotel, center on uncovering the identifies of people who came to Lebanon and possible targets.

Investigators are also looking into where the vehicle which was used in the Tayyouneh came from, and where it was rigged.


Diplomatic activity to speed up elections amid security alert

Fears mount of possible terrorist attacks during Ramadan, which is set to begin Sunday, giving security forces another reason to impose stricter measures in all areas.

Investigations brought about after interrogations of the would-be suicide bomber from Duroy Hotel seek to locate the third wanted suspect, Monzer al-Hassan, believed to be the one who provided the bombers with the explosives and the link between ISIS and Nusra in Lebanon.

Hassan would handle preparations for suicide attacks by facilitating the bombers’ arrivals, providing them with explosives and specifying the target.

Meanwhile, a high-ranking French official said that the presidential election will likely be held this fall and that contacts are ongoing to distance Lebanon from regional repercussions. An-Nahar has learned that a team from the U.S. Secretary of State's office and the French foreign ministry held a meeting in Paris and discussed the Lebanese case.


Saudi Arabia proposes a committee to exchange intelligence

Saudi Arabia called for cooperation with Lebanon and the establishment of a security committee to exchange intelligence, while Tripoli MPs continued with their campaign against the Lebanese Army.

The Muslim Gathering held a meeting in MP Mohammad Kabbara's residence in Tripoli condemning the security oppression against Tripoli, particularly "illegal summons" for men who had defended the city at a time the state was absent. They held the government responsible for the arrests and the repercussions of accumulated feelings of oppression.





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