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Majority of terror arrests made: Lebanon Army chief

Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi attends a ceremony in Baabda, Thursday, March 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Eighty-five percent of terrorism-related arrests have been made, said Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi in remarks published Thursday.

The Lebanese Army “was able to break Israeli spy networks and terrorist cells, arresting more than 85 percent of those involved in the bombings that targeted the Army and Lebanese security forces,” Kahwagi said.

He said the military has identified the remaining suspects, their objectives and funders as well as their whereabouts, adding that the Army was monitoring their movements prior to their arrest.

Kahwagi’s remarks were made during the book signing for Haitham Zeaiter’s “the Mossad earthquake ... spies in justice’s grip.”

"Lebanon is passing through a critical phase of its history in light of the security and stability threats facing it where the Army [serves] as the safety valve,” Kahwagi said during the ceremony held at UNESCO Palace in Beirut late Wednesday.

He vowed that the military would not give up its right to enforce stability and prevent self-security.

Kahwagi said the Army has taken a “bold decision” to prevent sectarian strife in Lebanon.

“We won’t tolerate chaos,” he stressed.

Kahwagi said the Lebanese Army was being targeted by Israel through spy networks and terror cells.

“But this will not deter us from continuing to dismantle the network and arrest those cells,” he pledged.

“The Army is fully ready to repel any Israeli aggression."

 

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