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Lebanon Arrests 9 Said Plotting Against U.S. Embassy

Lebanon has arrested nine people on suspicion that they were plotting to attack the U.S. Embassy and kidnap officials to try to force the release of Islamic militant prisoners, military intelligence officials said today. The Lebanese army said that it combined with Syrian military intelligence to detain members of a cell planning “sabotage and attacks on various targets, the most important being the embassy of a major Western state, security and military outposts and kidnappings of officials” to bargain for the detainees’ release. The army statement did not identify the embassy or the people to be kidnapped, but military intelligence sources said the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy compound in Beirut was the target. They said the military targets were Lebanese and Syrian installations in the country and that the alleged plotters also planned to kidnap Lebanese officials to win the freedom of men jailed over an uprising by Islamic extremists in northern Lebanon in 2000. Full Story

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