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Conflict Incident Report

Security forces arrested members of Daesh planning attacks

Date of incident: 
November 17, 2017
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Syrian Civilians/Refugees
Islamic State (IS); Daech *
State Security
Members of a Daesh (ISIS) network that was planning to attack U.N. peacekeeper positions in south Lebanon have been arrested.
The network, made up of Syrian nationals, was working at the behest of Daesh to carry out terrorist attacks across Lebanon. At least four people had been detained and handed over to Lebanese Army Intelligence. 
The statement noted that bench warrants for four other Syrian accomplices were circulated as per military judiciary instructions.
Their mission also included monitoring Lebanese Army centers and UNIFIL positions in south Lebanon with the aim of specifying the number of personnel and equipment, the routes that they follow and their methods of operation.
The ring was responsible for taking footage of these centers and transferring the information to Daesh in Raqqa – the group’s former de-facto capital – and Albukamal, the last remaining Daesh-held town in Syria.
They were also planning terrorist acts that would target shops and businesses in Aley’s Aramoun. Meetings to this end were being held in the presence of Daesh members that would come to Lebanon from Syria.
The suspects that were arrested had in their possession health cards and mission instructions issued by Daesh to facilitate their freedom of movement within Daesh-controlled areas of Syria.
This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
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Classification of conflict (primary): 
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
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.