On September 5, the Lebanese Armed Forces announced that its Intelligence Directorate had arrested the members of a terrorist cell linked to ISIS.
In an official statement, the armed forces said the cell’s members were arrested in a series of security operations in the North and Beqaa provinces. The cell’s members received military training and gathered weapons, which were seized by the armed forces. They also carried out a series of thefts to finance their operations.
“The eradication of this cell comes in the framework of preemptive operations and permanent follow-up of terrorist organizations and cells associated with them,” the statement reads.
The Lebanese Armed Forces revealed that the cell was led by none other than wanted terrorist “Khaled Al-Talawi,” who is still on the run.
Al-Talawi was reportedly involved the August 21 Kaftoun attack. The son of the northern town’s mayor, Alaa Fares, and two police officers, Fadi Sarkis and George Sarkis were killed in the attack that was carried out by gunmen riding a car owned by al-Talawi.
The arrest of the cell will likely reveal new information on Kaftoun attack, which may have been carried out on ISIS orders.
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