Ibrahim said caution at this stage was necessary as the extremists lose ground in Syria. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Daesh (ISIS) constitutes the biggest threat to Lebanon's security, General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said Tuesday, adding that members of the group were behind some of the security incidents rocking the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh. Despite the relative stability that the country has experienced recently, General Security remains on alert to prevent possible attacks on Lebanon."In reality, [the group] that we consider to be the most active on the Lebanese arena is Daesh ... followed by the Nusra Front [Jabhat Fatah al-Sham] and then [our focus is on] the Abdullah Azzam Brigades and other groups," Ibrahim told The Daily Star in an exclusive interview.Speaking from his office at the General Security headquarters in Mathaf, Ibrahim explained that caution at this stage was a necessity, particularly as groups like Daesh lose ground in Iraq and Syria.Ibrahim said that in another effort to revamp security strategies, General Security was also improving its administrative work to better control Lebanon's borders and improve the skills of the personnel.This productive competition not only comes at a stage where Daesh constitutes the biggest threat to Lebanon's stability, but also when the group appears to have expanded to south Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, where Ibrahim said there were Daesh members and supporters were hiding.
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