A gas cylinder packed with explosives found near an Army checkpoint in Tripoli, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Lebanon's Army chief vowed Wednesday to uproot terrorism from the country, hours after experts dismantled a 10-kilogram explosive device near a military base in the northern city of Tripoli, in the latest security incident to jolt the country in as many days.Addressing Arab and foreign military attaches and representatives of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon at his office in Yarze on the occasion of the New Year, Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi thanked Lebanon's allies for helping the country face security challenges, especially in the battle against Islamist militants seeking to destabilize the country. remarks come as the Army is still locked in an open battle against ISIS and Nusra Front militants who briefly overran Arsal in August after deadly fighting with Lebanese troops, in the most serious spillover of the Syrian war into Lebanese territory.The Army also deployed heavily in Tripoli in October, crushing Islamist militants linked to ISIS and the Nusra Front.Wednesday's discovery also came a day after the Army arrested in Tripoli a Lebanese man suspected of plotting a suicide attack.
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