File - General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim attends a drill in Hamat, Thursday, April 18, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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ISIS militants holed up in the Qalamoun Mountains on the Syrian-Lebanese border are seeking to gain control of nearby Lebanese villages to support their fighting positions, the head of Lebanon's main security apparatus told Reuters.Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said Lebanese forces were on high alert to prevent the hard-line militants from seizing any Lebanese territory near the Qalamoun Mountains, which demarcate Lebanon's eastern border with Syria.Fighting from Syria has regularly spilled into Lebanon since the war erupted nearly four years ago. In 2014, ISIS and Syria's Al-Qaeda wing attacked the border town of Arsal and took Lebanese soldiers captive. Ibrahim, who is the head of Lebanon's General Security office, said ISIS had recently boosted its numbers in the Qalamoun area with the aim of securing crossborder territory to support its Syrian operations.
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