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Conflict Incident Report

'Prominent' ISIS member detained in north Lebanon

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Tripoli Clashes (starting June 20, 2014)
Date of incident: 
August 25, 2015
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General Security
ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL))

General Security detained a man during a raid Tuesday in the northern city of Tripoli suspected of recruiting Lebanese youths to join ISIS, a security source told The Daily Star. The source said that General Security's Information Bureau detained Omar Ghannoum, who is a prominent ISIS official, in the Bab al-Ramel neighborhood. His arrest came as a result of monitoring a group involved in recruiting Lebanese to join ISIS and carrying out and facilitating terror acts, according to the source. Residents of Tripoli have been increasingly concerned about the number of youths who have left to join ISIS and the Nusra Front. Hundreds of people from the north are believed to have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.

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Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.