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Lebanon Says Arrests Five 'Terrorist' Plotters

Lebanon said Monday it had arrested five people allegedly plotting to carry out attacks on Western targets in the country, the latest in a series of blows it says it has dealt to “terrorist” groups. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said it had arrested a group of five people who had been trained in a Palestinian refugee camp that is home to a range of militant Islamist groups. The five were planning attacks on targets including a Western fast food restaurant in Beirut, it said. “As the members of this group moved to the phase of preparation to carry out their criminal act, a unit … conducted a raid on the places where the members of the group were, and arrested them,” the statement said. “During interrogation, they confessed they had received training and plotted to carry out terrorist acts,” it said, adding the detainees had been referred to Lebanon’s public prosecutor to face unspecified charges. Lebanon, and Syria — which has ultimate authority in its smaller neighbor — face intense U.S. pressure to root out Lebanon’s Hizbollah guerrillas and militant Palestinian groups. Full Story

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