Lebanon concerned over a potential ISIS/ISIL attack



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Dahr al-Baidar Suicide bomb attack. Sami Nader, a Lebanese professor of economics and international relations was quoted as saying following the attack: “Today’s attack in Dahr al-Baidar is a message from ISIS that the battle is not limited only to Iraq, but it will also stretch to Syria and Lebanon.”

A suicide bomb attack targeted a police checkpoint on Friday in east Lebanon on the Beirut-Damascus highway, killing one police officer and wounding 33 people, the Daily Starreported.

The attack took place shortly after security forces (ISF) raided a Beirut hotel, detaining 17 terror suspects and one on the loose, allegedly linked to a plot to assassinate Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri. Although 13 of the suspects were released again, four remain detained with suspected ISIS associations. As analysts told the Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star, “Lebanon is poised for a new wave of bombings linked to the turmoil in Iraq and Syria.”

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said he barely escaped an attack in Dahr al-Baidar when a bomb detonated merely 200 meters away from his convoy. “The explosion in Dahr al-Baidar occurred moments after my convoy passed through the checkpoint,” Ibrahim told a local television station.

At a recent security meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Lebanese security agencies were “prepared to confront terrorism in Lebanon,” adding that “Western intelligence had warned authorities of a possible imminent attack,” the Daily Star reported. It also called for “full coordination among all security forces in suppressing crimes, arresting wanted persons and in processing sensitive security files.”

Earlier this month, as the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or ISIL in Iraq gained ground, Lebanon has seen repercussions across the political landscape, in a country already experiencing heated domestic crises revived by the neighbouring Syrian civil war spilling over onto its land. A security source told the newspaper that security agencies had received intelligence that ISIS members were preparing a suicide attack in Lebanon.

“Today’s attack in Dahr al-Baidar is a message from ISIS that the battle is not limited only to Iraq, but it will also stretch to Syria and Lebanon,” Sami Nader, a professor of economics and international relations at Université St. Joseph, told The Daily Star. He said the hope of the ISIS battle is in the “Levant arena” which, in the militant group’s ideology includes Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon.

“Following ISIS’s recent military gains in Iraq, Lebanon is facing the threat of Iraqization if real measures are not taken to shield the country from a spillover of the war in Iraq,” Nader said. Among these measures, he said, is “inclusive domestic politics with the participation of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, filling the presidential vacuum with the election of a new president and forming a new government to face tough political, economic and security challenges.”

Analyst Qassem Kassir explained how the attack “indicated that ISIS has decided to open the Lebanon front basking on the glory of its military advances in Iraq.” Lebanon has always been targeted by militant, takfiri and jihadist groups and according to Kassir, “these groups, which went underground following the Lebanese Army’s successful campaign to crack down on terror organizations, might move now to carry out terror attacks emboldened by ISIS’ gains in Iraq,” he warned.

The Daily Star reported that ISIS and other Al-Qaeda-linked groups have already claimed responsibility for the deadly car bombings and suicide attacks that targeted areas in Beirut’s southern suburbs earlier this year, as well as the Bekaa Valley region where Hezbollah enjoys wide support in response to the party’s military intervention in Syria.

ME Monitor



44 responses to “Lebanon concerned over a potential ISIS/ISIL attack”

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      When ‘Lebanon’ does not treat it’s second biggest city as part of itself, one can understand where the fear of idiot-groups ‘taking over’ comes from. And this is, of course, all due to the Tribal Mentalities that exist in ‘the lands’ of Lebanon.
      The positive moves by the LAF in the last SHORT time-period may have been the one thing that held up those ‘moves’ I’m sure some of these idiots could wish to make. They think only in the concept of ‘my hill’ … not ‘my country’. Certainly small worlds they have in their minds – although power and money play large with a few.
      And yet – if it happened – once again there would be a huge exodus AWAY from them. They are destined to only rule over the least capable and most impoverished of all those seeking a better life that can never come from Allah – as they stupidly wish to prop up an Emir for their little sectarian Empires who can tell them how to live each day of their mean lives.
      I do not believe ANY in Tripoli wish to be back THAT far in time. I am not so sure, unfortunately, that ‘Lebanon’ would not allow it to happen. 🙁

  1. man-o-war Avatar

    Al-Qalamoun is making headlines these days. I always knew that Salafi hotbed would make it on the world stage one day. Ok, I guess al-Akhbar is not the world stage, but they’re on their way!

    1. MekensehParty Avatar

      Al-Akhbar on the way to the world stage of lalaland
      Btw the real name of that toilet paper is “dr. Maher’s journal”
      So yeah “world stage kadimoun”
      Just freeing falastine and then kadimoun

      1. man-o-war Avatar

        Not programmed to understand your gibberish. Please try again.
        Dr. Maher…Kadimoun…beet…boop…bop…

        1. MekensehParty Avatar

          What’s cool about you is that you have no shame confirming that you are easily programmable.
          I now name you Dr. Maher’s most successful sample.
          Here’s a medal from Mazzeh and a coupon for a loaf of bread and two onions.
          Ila al amam durr

          1. man-o-war Avatar


            New code accepted..beet…boop…bop ..I.. *__* ..I..

          2. MekensehParty Avatar

            Stop using my jokes, be original for once and create your own jokes.

          3. man-o-war Avatar

            Not programmed to understand jokes…beet…boop…bop
            New joke code accepted …beet…boop…bop…Dr. Maher says that you should stop juggling and get off your knees before I short circuit in your mouth…beet…boop…bop

          4. Lol.

          5. MekensehParty Avatar

            And here comes the (expected) sexual insults…
            Just like dr maher taught you
            When cornered and have no arguments start insulting
            Of course those who adhere to the same camp directly like your comments. You love to see Mano short-circuiting in a guy’s mouth don’t you farq?

          6. man-o-war Avatar

            Cornered? Lol! As if you posed some thought provoking argument. You remind me of the fatty turd that just refuses to be flushed.

            Close your mouth Richard Cabeza, its starting to dribble down your chin.

          7. AkhouManUki Avatar

            I thought I was Richard Cabeza – clearly you are starting to lose it. Take a deep breath – relax!

          8. man-o-war Avatar

            Clearly? Richard Cabeza can be used to refer to anyone acting like one. Sorry if I led you to believe it was exclusive to you.

            Is there a reason you decided to comment on this? Was it just to interject your wisdom and tell me that I’m starting to lose it?

          9. AkhouManUki Avatar

            Anytime I chose to interject, it should be considered an honor. Consider it a public service announcement, telling you to let the stress and worries slide, it’s not worth it.

          10. sweetvirgo Avatar

            LOL…I swear you’re like the comedian of Yalibnan. Do they pay you?? :)))

          11. AkhouManUki Avatar

            Wow sweetie, thank you for that awesome comment! That means a lot. Not getting paid yet 😉

          12. sweetvirgo Avatar

            I’m going to tell them to put you on the payroll ;))

          13. AkhouManUki Avatar

            Fantastic! The price for my services is one trillion liras. Pretty reasonable, right?

          14. sweetvirgo Avatar

            It’s a done deal….look for the check in the mail ;)))

          15. man-o-war Avatar

            What makes you think I was stressing? I already told you where I slide it when I have stress.
            No need to bring up a “sore” subject.

          16. AkhouManUki Avatar

            Let go of your tension ya man, stop taking it out on Mekenseh, he’s just trying to help.

          17. man-o-war Avatar

            In what way is that tool trying to help? Did you read his comments?

          18. AkhouManUki Avatar

            Yeah, I did. If I can be honest here, watching you two “argue” reminds me of two 14 year old girls I saw fighting once – hair pulling, bitch slaps, the usual stuff that 14 year old girls would do. My advice would be to rise above ya man, stop letting little silly comments get you so wound up.

          19. man-o-war Avatar

            I’ve told you before, I enjoy responding. I don’t mind lowering myself to the level of the comment I’m responding to. Once the conversation hits gutter level its best to stay out of the way. I’m not “losing it” or “taking it out on Mekenseh”, just responding to his comments in a way he can understand.

            I think its silly that he accuses everyone that thinks different from him as being programmed by some “Dr. Maher”. I also think its funny that he thinks he’s making jokes.

            This is the same character that enjoys eating popcorn and watching the aftermath of suicide bombings.

          20. Only in your month. BTW enjoy.

          21. And what’s cool about you is your consistency in stupidity. Sorry, Dr Maher programed me to say that.

          22. MekensehParty Avatar

            Oh you’re jealous you didn’t get a coupon so your adding your five Iranian rial cents…
            I’ll send you an onion, don’t cry.

  2. master09 Avatar

    The comments just get better on this site, time to hold a gun for some of them.

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