General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanese security officers have been sent abroad on covert operations to assist foreign intelligence agencies in foiling numerous terrorist threats, General Security Director Abbas Ibrahim said in an interview published Friday.The General Security chief said that these threats were global in nature and not limited to Lebanon.With regard to sleeper cells and terrorist networks in the country, Ibrahim said such entities' abilities have been severely limited especially after the "Fajr al-Joroud" operation to clear Daesh (ISIS) militants holed up along the northeastern Lebanese border with Syria.Turning to the Syrian refugee crisis and the challenge it poses to Lebanon's stability and security, the security official said he considers that threats have been limited for the most part but "not 100 percent".President Michel Aoun noted Friday the stable security situation Lebanon has enjoyed recently, including the discovery of several Israeli networks plotting high-profile political assassinations in Lebanon.
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