Lebanese army goes on war footing amid jihadist threat
Amid heightened concerns over possible attacks by Islamic extremist groups in Lebanon, the country’s military has been placed on a war footing, sources said Tuesday, adding that terrorist groups in the area of the Lebanese-Syria border are making suspicious moves.
The high alert comes after Beirut received intelligence information saying that Syrian rebels are preparing to open a second front in Lebanon in response to the Russian involvement in Syria, the sources said.
The war footing also comes after the intensification of Russia’s airstrikes in central Syria, Hizballah’s tightening of security within its strongholds in Lebanon, and Saturday’s deadly suicide bombing in Ankara in which nearly 100 people were killed. Turkey’s government has said that ISIS is the prime suspect in the attack.