Daesh commander detained in Lebanon after crossing from Syria

Lebanon’s police say they have detained a Syrian citizen who was a military commander with Daesh. (AP)
Updated 24 April 2018
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Daesh commander detained in Lebanon after crossing from Syria

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s police say they have detained a Syrian citizen who was a military commander with Daesh in the central Syrian province of Homs.
The Internal Security Forces said in a statement Tuesday that the man was detained earlier this month in the northern town of Zgharta after entering Lebanon illegally from Syria.
It identified him as a Syrian citizen born in 1982 without giving his name.
The statement said the Daesh fighter confessed to being “a military cadre” who took part in many battles in Syria including the capture of the historic town of Palmyra that the extremists held for months and destroyed some of its invaluable archaeological sites.
Daesh carried out many deadly attacks in Lebanon in recent years that left scores dead.


Car bomb explodes in Assad's Syria stronghold Latakia

Updated 22 January 2019
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Car bomb explodes in Assad's Syria stronghold Latakia

BEIRUT: A car bomb detonated in Syria's government-held city of Latakia on Tuesday, killing the driver and injuring several other people, Syrian state media reported.
Footage carried on the state-run Al-Ikhbariya news channel showed a large group of people milling around in a street while wreckage smouldered on the ground.
Though President Bashar Al-Assad has regained control over more than half of Syria, attackers have periodically continued to strike in cities he controls with suicide blasts and car bombs.
State news agency Sana reported that the driver of the vehicle, a Suzuki minivan, had been killed in the explosion, and that four other people had been wounded.
It reported that the authorities had dismantled another explosive device in the same location before the blast in the vehicle.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor reported that five people had been injured in the explosion.