Islamic State militants are planning to extend their positions to Lebanon and declare an ‘Islamic emirate there, Lebanese media says. ISIS jihadists are also planning suicide bombings in Beirut, according to the report.
RT ISIS militants are “preparing military plans to declare an Islamic emirate in Lebanon very soon,” security sources told Lebanon’s Daily Star. The report added that the jihadists are preparing to establish a military committee that will oversee “Lebanese affairs” while “considering Lebanon as part of its state.” In June 2014, the militants’ chief – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – declared captured territories from Iraq’s Diyala province to Syria’s Aleppo an Islamic State ‘caliphate.’
IS fighters are demanding the militants in northern Syria to support them in the invasion of territories in neighboring Lebanon, the report stated. Unnamed security sources told the Lebanese paper that the arrangements to form an ISIS command for the Lebanon emirate are being supervised by Syrian militant Khalaf al-Zeyabi Halous, codenamed ‘Abu Musaab Halous,’ who played a key role in the IS offensive to capture the northern Raqqa province in 2013.
The report also revealed that an influential party in Lebanon received information that the jihadists have been actively recruiting suicide bombers to “target Shiite gatherings in Beirut and the southern suburbs, as well as French and Western interests.” It added that the Iranian embassy in Beirut is particularly vulnerable to an assault.
The Iranian embassy was previously targeted by extremists in November 2013. The suicide bombing resulted in 23 deaths and at least 160 injuries.
In addition to government forces, Lebanese Christians have been arming themselves to defend their land and families from the jihadists.