The Lebanese Army Intelligence arrested “Obada Mohammed Hasswa”, a Syrian citizen and one of the commanders of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), outside the town of Arsal near the Syrian-Lebanese border.
“Obada” is considered to be one of the most wanted terrorists in Arsal that has worked mainly in arms and drugs dealing. He has also participated in manufacturing and planting of several IEDs targeting civilians and Lebanese army servicemen.
Four days ago, the Lebanese Army Intelligence arrested “Fatima Hassan Sultan” on charges of association with the ISIS terrorist group. The husband of Fatima, a member of ISIS, had been killed in Syria. Fatima was promoting the ISIS ideology in her home in the town of Arsal for a number of Lebanese and Syrian girls in order to recruit them in the ranks of ISIS.
Hezbollah Leader, Hassan Nasrallah, announced in his recent speech that the Jorod Arsal area, controlled by terrorists from ISIS and the HTS, will be liberated imminently. This area is currently the only point out of control on the Syrian-Lebanese border.
The Lebanese Army, backed by Hezbollah, may launch a military operation to liberate it if some political problems are resolved in Lebanon.