File - Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi attends a graduation ceremony at a military barracks in Beirut's suburb of Fayyadieh, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Lebanese Army is pursuing a recently discovered "terrorist" cell operating in Tripoli and expecting a renewal of clashes with militants in northeast Lebanon, Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi said Thursday.Kahwagi also announced that he expects the clashes with militants in the northeast border town of Arsal to resume, which is why he reinforced the Army's positions in the area.Kahwagi noted that Hezbollah did not intervene in the recent deadly clashes on Arsal's outskirts between the Army and jihadists, explaining that the party's nearest checkpoint is 12 kilometers from the battlefield.He revealed that the detained jihadist Imad Jomaa confessed during interrogations that Arsal's extremist groups had planned to attack the Army and invade Shiite and Christian villages in the Bekaa Valley to provoke sectarian strife.Asked whether he planned to run for president, Kahwagi said he was not seeking the post, but had not ruled it out.
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