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Preliminary confessions by Lebanon's most wanted fugitive, radical preacher Ahmad al-Assir, have begun to provide security agencies with a trove of important information that will help in cracking down on terror cells in the country, political sources said.Assir was arrested by General Security agents at Beirut airport Saturday morning after more than two years on the run.The source added that Assir's movement was closely watched by a very small unit of General Security.However, Ibrahim insisted that the successful operation that resulted in Assir's arrest was "purely Lebanese," with no international or Palestinian intelligence agencies playing a role. According to Ibrahim, the operation was the result of close monitoring of Assir by the General Security.Ibrahim denied that General Security was able to identify Assir through a retina scanning machine. State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud announced that Assir would face a public trial soon.
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