Lebanon 'thwarts terror plot'
Lebanon says it has arrested members of a “terrorist network” who were planning to attack a Western embassy and other targets in the country. A Lebanese army statement described the embassy as belonging to a “major Western state”, a description commonly used in the Lebanese media to refer to the United States. The statement did not identify the suspects, whom it said were detained with the help of Syrian military intelligence. The announcement came three days after terrorists bombed Western compounds in Saudi Arabia, killing at least 34 people. The United States has recently exerted pressure on Syria and Lebanon to stop harbouring anti-Israeli militant groups which Washington considers terrorist organisations. Syria is the main power broker in Lebanon, where it maintains about 25,000 troops. Full Story