Chief of the State Security Brig. Gen. Tony Saliba speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Despite a period of security in Lebanon, the country has not yet emerged from dangers posed by terrorist sleeper cells and remains under threat of Israeli espionage attempts, according to State Security chief Maj. Gen. Tony Saliba.In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Star Wednesday, Saliba underscored that Lebanon's security agencies continue to exert all efforts to preserve the country's stability.Saliba was referring to the Lebanese Army offensive launched in August to oust militants belonging to Daesh (ISIS) from the outskirts of the northeastern towns of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa.State Security is one of Lebanon's security agencies, established in the 1985 .The agency has since been working to curb security threats by arresting individuals and cracking down on terror networks, with one of the main missions conducted by State Security this year being the arrest of Lebanese actor Ziad Itani in November.To some, this could seem like a duplication of the work conducted by other security agencies, though Saliba maintained the mandate is clear.
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