isisThe Islamic State terrorists executed a Lebanese man from the northeastern town of Arsal Thursday a week after he was abducted from his house in Arsal near the Syrian border, National News Agency (NNA ) reported .
NNA identified the victim as Kayed Ghadadah.
This comes a week after Lebanese Armed Forces soldier Ali al-Sayyed who was beheaded by ISIS terrorist in the mountainous area surrounding the eastern Beqaa town of Arsal.
Sayyed was one of around 24 army and security personnel kidnapped during five days of fighting in early August between the LAF and Islamist militants in Arsal.
According to media reports Ghadadah. was executed over his links to the Hezbollah militant group.
According to a video that surfaced last week last week two Syrians that were held by IS revealed that along with Ghadadah, they were recruited by Hezbollah to ignite strife between the Lebanese Army, Syrian refugees and the jihadists who have infiltrated the border in light of the battles in Qalamoun, a mountainous region bordering Lebanon.
The two men, who appeared in the video posted by a YouTube channel called “The Network of the White Minaret’s Correspondents,” identified themselves as Mohammad Abdo Araj and Mohammad Mahmoud Abdel-Nabi, according to the media reports
The two revealed that Hezbollah trained them on the use of firearms and how to plant bombs, and asked them to coordinate with each other to attack an Army post.
Ghadadah’s name first appeared in a security report last year that stated that he, along with Palestinian Sheikh Abu Ammar Toufic Hijazi, was involved in rigging vehicles to be detonated in the Bekaa Valley town of Arsal.
The lebanese Cabinet gave the army a free hand to launch a military operation to free the captured soldiers Thursday, rejecting demands by Syrian militants to swap the hostages with Islamist detainees held in Roumieh prison.
The Cabinet’s tough stance on the hostage crisis coincided with widening protests by the captives’ families, who gave the government 24 hours to act before they took matters into their own hands. Families called on the Army to arrest ministers and trade them for their loves ones.
Information Minister Ramzi Joreige told reporters after a Cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister Tammam Salam that the Cabinet had given the Army and security forces political cover for launching any military operation to free the captives.
“The Cabinet affirmed its support for the missions carried out by the Army and security forces in Arsal and its suburbs and asked their commanders to take all necessary measures to bring the situation in Arsal under control and free the kidnapped soldiers,” Joreige said.
The Cabinet session was convened to formulate a plan to secure the release of 23 soldiers and policemen still held hostage by militants of ISIS and Syria’s Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, following five days of fierce fighting between the Army and the militants in the northeastern town of Arsal last month.
The two groups have demanded the release of Islamist detainees in Roumieh Prison, some of whom have been held since 2007, and the government and the judiciary decided earlier this week to speed up the trials of the prisoners.
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