Lebanese soldier dead in raid on Islamist militant hideout, army says

Lebanon has mostly escaped the rash of militant assaults around the Middle East spurred by the war in its neighbor Syria. Above, army soldiers install barb wire in downtown Beirut for security protection. (Reuters)
Updated 05 February 2018
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Lebanese soldier dead in raid on Islamist militant hideout, army says

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s army raided a suspected Islamist militant hideout in the northern city of Tripoli late on Sunday, leading to armed clashes in which a soldier and a suspected militant were killed, the army said.
The raid on a house in the Al-Tabbaneh district of Tripoli aimed to capture Hajjar Al-Abdullah, but was met with resistance including gunshots and hand grenades, the army said on its website.
In the fighting, Abdullah and a soldier were killed, several other soldiers were wounded, and Abdullah’s brother, Bilal Al-Abdullah, was detained. The army seized money, arms, ammunition and other military hardware from the house, it said.
Lebanese authorities say they have disrupted a number of Daesh attacks and networks since the last major attack — a 2015 twin suicide bombing in Beirut.
Lebanon has mostly escaped the rash of militant assaults around the Middle East spurred by the war in its neighbor Syria, and last year forced Daesh fighters out of an enclave on the mountainous border between the two countries.


Libya loses 400,000 barrels of storage capacity due to militant attacks

Updated 19 June 2018
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Libya loses 400,000 barrels of storage capacity due to militant attacks

LONDON: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said that at least 400,000 barrels of storage capacity has been lost within the past few days due to militant attacks on Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra.
The NOC announced Monday that it has suffered “catastrophic losses” when two storage tanks were destroyed during fierce clashes in its oil crescent, northeast of the country.
Armed groups on Thursday attacked the Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra terminals held by Haftar’s forces around 650 kilometers (400 miles) east of Tripoli.
Haftar led a “major offensive” on Sunday following the attacks to drive rival groups from the country’s northeastern oil crescent.
NOC chief Mustafa Sonallah warned in statements carried by Reuters that if oil exports from these terminals remain at a standstill it could cause a “national disaster.”
The oil firm warned on Friday that output could fall by up to 400,000 barrels per day if the export shutdown continues.