Militants drive a pick up after kidnapping police members in Arsal, Saturday, Aug 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/HO)
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There are reports that ISIS is looking to create trouble and instability via the sleeper cells it is believed to have implanted across the country.Lebanese security sources said that ISIS was trying to create strife in areas in Lebanon's north, south and the Bekaa Valley in order to undermine the country's stability. The already tricky national and regional situation has been complicated by the capturing of Lebanese soldiers in Arsal, battle developments in Syria's Rif Damascus and Qalamoun regions, and ISIS' attempts to penetrate a border area close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the disputed Shebaa area.The security authorities have warned that ISIS and the Lebanese branches of the Nusra Front and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades have united in order to establish a haven in the border area stretching from the north through the Bekaa Valley to the Shebaa farms in the south.According to reports, if ISIS is to conduct attacks in these areas, they will be led by a figure known as Sheikh Abu Hasan al-Ramlawi. Nasrallah also called on the Lebanese government to negotiate from a position of strength with the Islamist militants from ISIS and Nusra Front who are holding at least 21 soldiers and policemen.
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