Security personnel train constantly and share intelligence in order to remain sharp and ahead of the bomb-makers, (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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It takes five things to make a bomb and four are easily available in Lebanon, so the ISF's head of explosives Maj. Bassam Bitar said they must train constantly to keep Lebanon safe. This may make it harder to manufacture explosives domestically but it doesn't stop military-grade equipment being used. To make it more difficult to obtain materials for explosives-manufacturing in Lebanon, the ISF keeps lists of dual-purpose items – such as high nitrate fertilizer or small metal ball bearings – that have both a legitimate commercial use and the potential to create bombs.It's very secure, not 100 percent but more than in 2013 ... although it's [still] very easy to bring in a small [explosive] belt," Bitar said.As he noted, smaller bomb belts can still be smuggled in or made domestically but these carry much smaller quantities of explosives than vehicle-borne devices. To prevent this, there is a constant battle ongoing between EOD officers to detect explosives, and those trying to evade the countermeasures.Bitar also described how the ISF is able to gather intelligence from the bombs themselves in order to break up terrorist groups.
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