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Several Syrian Suspects Arrested in Arsal, Chouf

A number of Syrians were arrested on Wednesday during security raids in the Chouf region in Mount Lebanon and the northeastern border area of Arsal.

State security forces announced that they had arrested two days ago 12 Syrians, who confessed to taking part in the clashes with the army in August, reported LBCI television.

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Gemayel Hails 'Excellent' Talks with Aoun, Says Circumstances Compel Meeting

Kataeb party MP Sami Gemayel held talks on Wednesday with Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun, a day after meeting with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.

Gemayel described his meeting with Aoun as “excellent,” pointing out that the circumstances compelled him to head to Rabieh.

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Army Cracks Down on Fugitives, Carries Out Large-Scale Raids in North

The Lebanese army carried out large-scale raids early on Wednesday in the northern coastal city of Tripoli and the region of Koura in search of suspects, as several armed men turned themselves in.

The army expanded its raids in the evening and arrested several suspects, including one accused of belonging to the group of Imad Jomaa, whose arrest on August 2 sparked deadly clashes with jihadist gunmen in the northeastern border town of Arsal.

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Berri to Schedule Session on Extending Parliament's Term Next Week

Speaker Nabih Berri announced on Wednesday that he will call next week for a session to extend parliament's term.

He made the declaration during his weekly meeting with lawmakers at his Ain el-Tineh residence.

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High-Ranking U.S. Military Official in Short Visit to Lebanon

Lieutenant General Raymond Thomas III, a senior official in the United States Army, arrived in Lebanon for a brief visit, An Nahar newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Thomas, the commander of Joint Special Operations Command, arrived in Lebanon at the head of a military delegation.

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Report: March 14 Officials Convene, Agree on Main Security Issues

A meeting of representatives of political blocs and parties of the March 14 alliance was held on Tuesday night to address the latest developments in Lebanon and the region, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Wednesday.

It said that the gatherers were in agreement over the various security developments that had taken place in Lebanon, as well as the Syrian crisis and its impact on Lebanon.

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Army Arrests Palestinian in Sidon, Raids House of Pro-Asir Cleric

The army on Tuesday carried out raids and arrests in the southern city of Sidon, as part of a crackdown that started in the wake of deadly clashes with Islamist gunmen in the nothern regions of Tripoli and Minieh.

"Army intelligence agents raided the house of Sheikh Othman H. -- who is a supporter of fugitive cleric Ahmed al-Asir -- in the Siroub area in Sidon's eastern suburbs,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Mustaqbal: Tripoli Will Never be a Safe Haven for Terrorism

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday stressed that Tripoli will never be "a safe haven for terrorism and extremism," as it condemned alleged attempts to “demonize” the residents of the northern city and depict them as proponents of an extremist “Islamic emirate.”

In a statement issued after its weekly meeting, the bloc lauded “the national stance of the residents of the city of Tripoli and the North, who showed their decisive commitment to the choice of the state and their support for the government and army.”

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Geagea, Sami Gemayel Discuss New Ideas that 'May End Presidential Impasse'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Kataeb Party MP Sami Gemayel held talks on Tuesday on the latest developments in Lebanon, most notably the vacuum in the presidency and the need to end the political deadlock over the issue.

An informed source from their meeting revealed that the two officials “discussed proposals that may lead in the upcoming phase to the election of a new president.”

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Change and Reform Warns of Repeating Shaker al-Absi Scenario in North

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Tuesday hailed the “preemptive operation” waged by the army in the northern regions of Tripoli and Minieh, calling for completing the security plan until the eradication of “all hubs of crime and terrorism.”

“We hope that the phenomenon of (fugitive Fatah al-Islam chief Shaker) al-Absi will not be replicated in Tripoli and Minieh,” ex-minister Salim Jreissati said after the bloc's weekly meeting, which was held only hours after bloc chief MP Michel Aoun met with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan and Speaker Nabih Berri.

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