An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to Maj. Gen. Imad Othman as Brigadier General. The Daily Star regrets this error.
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A senior Internal Security Forces source confirmed to The Daily Star Friday that the noticeable crackdown on high-profile suspects, car thieves and drug dealing rings across Lebanon in recent weeks was part of a fresh, concerted effort.Over several weeks, there has been a string of high-profile arrests across the country on a near-daily basis. In the area of Brital late Friday, the Lebanese Army announced that it had arrested one of the country's most wanted men for car theft and burglary.Gen. Imad Othman or President Michel Aoun, the ISF source said all sides were helping.Car theft rings are also being hit by increased arrests targeting not just low-level members but ring-leaders.However, the source said that while the thieves were being tracked down, the cars were not. The operation, code-named "Safe Lebanon" and run by the ISF's Information Branch with the help of other security branches, halted a number of domestic terror plots and led to the arrests of several high-profile militants.
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