Lebanon forces arrest ISIS-linked cleric: security source

The army launched a security plan in April 2014 in an effort to stabilise Tripoli, which has seen deadly rounds of fighting between Sunnis who support the Syrian uprising and pro-Damascus regime Alawite residents (File photo: AFP)

Security forces on Sunday arrested a Lebanese man accused of being a cleric and recruiting agent for the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, a security source told AFP.

“Ibrahim al-Barakat was arrested early on Sunday and is accused of being a religious jurist for Daesh in the northern city of Tripoli,” the security official said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Barakat, who is in his 40s, was arrested while trying to flee northern Lebanon to Turkey using a fake passport.

He is accused of recruiting young men from Tripoli to fight with IS in Syria and Iraq and of attacking Lebanese army units in the Sunni-majority city last year.

The army launched a security plan in April 2014 in an effort to stabilise Tripoli, which has seen deadly rounds of fighting between Sunnis who support the Syrian uprising and pro-Damascus regime Alawite residents.

Sunni gunmen in the city have often also clashed with the army.

In October 2014, 11 soldiers were killed when clashes erupted following the arrest of a Lebanese man accused of recruiting fighters for radical rebel groups in Syria.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47
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