Lebanon Thwarts ISIS Plot through Militant-Turned-Informant

Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq. (Reuters)
Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq. (Reuters)
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Lebanon Thwarts ISIS Plot through Militant-Turned-Informant

Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq. (Reuters)
Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq. (Reuters)

Lebanon announced on Friday that it had thwarted an ISIS terrorist plot, through a detained member of the terrorist group, Abou Jaafar al-Iraqi, who was used as an informant.

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said during a press conference that the high-level operation was the product of months of efforts carried out not only by Lebanese intelligence, but also agencies in the Arab world.

The Iraqi man was sent by ISIS to Lebanon to form a new cell to carry out attacks, he added.

The intelligence bureau of Lebanon’s Internal Security Force said in a statement at the news conference that security services had tracked Iraqi’s activities in Iraq and after he arrived in Lebanon in June.

When it became clear he was planning to return to Iraq, he was arrested and turned into an informant.

For five months he carried on communicating with ISIS abroad and working on the cell - all the while feeding information back to Lebanese security forces.

ISIS asked him “to exert maximum effort to carry out terror attacks in Lebanon especially during the holiday season and end of year celebrations”, the information division said.

The operation was ended after intelligence showed ISIS command abroad had become suspicious of Iraqi and the lack of attacks, it said.

A number of arrests were made as a result of the operation, Mashnouq said.



Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
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Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)

Hamas' armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said on Friday that two Israeli hostages held in Gaza were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Rafah a few days ago.

The group, in a video posted on its Telegram channel, did not release the names of those said to have been killed or provide any evidence.

The Israeli government "does not want your hostages to return, except in coffins," the al-Qassam Brigades statement said.

Israel rescued four hostages held by Hamas in a hostage-freeing operation in central Gaza's al-Nuseirat on June 8. The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said more than 250 Palestinians were killed in the raid.

The war in Gaza erupted when Hamas fighters stormed southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel has responded with a military assault on the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians, according to the Gaza health ministry. Israel says its campaign is intended to eliminate Hamas as a threat and free the remaining hostages.