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ISF Officer Testifies at STL over Crater Car Parts, Links to Jamaa Jamaa

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon heard on Wednesday the testimony of an Internal Security Forces officer, who claimed that several metal pieces recovered from the crater caused by the massive bombing on Feb. 14, 2005, belonged to a vehicle from the motorcade of ex-PM Rafik Hariri and the Mitsubishi van that the suicide bomber used.

The prosecution's witness, who went by a code number and whose identity remained protected, appeared via video link from Beirut.

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30,000 Captagon Pills Seized at RHIA

Security forces foiled on Wednesday an attempt to smuggle 30,000 captagon pills via Rafik Hariri International Airport.

"After a thorough investigation, airport security at the Beirut Airport were able to foil an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of captagon pills,” the Internal Security Forces General-Directorate said in a released statement, noting that they were bound for an Arab country.

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Army Seizes Drugs in N. Bekaa, Clashes with Fugitives in Brital

The army on Wednesday confiscated a quantity of narcotics and two stolen cars in two Bekaa towns.

“A Lebanese Army force raided the town of Jabbouleh in northern Bekaa, seizing a quantity of drugs and contraband material from the residence of A. Gh.,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Hariri Hails Bkirki Treaty: It Must Serve as Roadmap for Rise of the State

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri praised on Wednesday the Bkirki Treaty that was announced by Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi, saying that it represents a “true Lebanese vision of coexistence” in Lebanon.

He said in a statement: “The treaty should serve as a roadmap for the rise of the state.”

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Arrest Warrant Issued against Abdullah Azzam Brigades Prominent Official

Military Tribunal Judge Imad al-Zein interrogated on Wednesday Jamal Daftardar, who is a prominent official in Abdullah Azzab Brigades, and issued an arrest warrant against him.

The state-run National News Agency reported that al-Zein postponed a trial against Daftardar, who was arrested in the western Bekaa region on January 15, and 12 others to February 19.

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Army Seizes Large Arms Cache at Depot Rented by Syrian Man in Akkar

The Army Intelligence and State Security forces discovered in the northern region of Akkar on Wednesday a warehouse storing weapons, reported the National News Agency.

The army and security forces raided the warehouse, which was being rented by a Syrian refugee.

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Three People Arrested over Choueifat Bombing

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr ordered on Wednesday the arrest of three people over Choueifat bombing, state-run National News Agency reported.

According to NNA, the Judge referred the three suspects to the Army Intelligence Directorate for further questioning.

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Al-Rahi Unveils Bkirki Treaty, Urges Need to Hold Presidential Elections, Achieve National Goals

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi unveiled on Wednesday the “Bkirki Treaty” that focuses on preserving Lebanon's coexistence and national pact and fabric.

He stressed the importance of staging the presidential elections, while urging officials to place Lebanon's interests at heart of their actions.

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Alleged Suicide Bomber Denies Plotting Bombing in Nabatiyeh

A Lebanese man, Mohammed Hussein Shamkha, filed a complaint with the prosecutor's office in Nabatiyeh on Wednesday after an unidentified person posted his photograph on social networking sites accusing him of being a suicide bomber.

The suspect also broadcast his photo on WhatsApp, claiming that Shamkha is an armed terrorist from Akkar who intends to blow himself up in Nabatiyeh.

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State Security Directorate Raids Spoiled Food Warehouse in Bar Elias

The General Directorate of State Security raided on Wednesday a warehouse in Bar Elias area in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa valley and seized spoiled food, the state-run National News Agency reported.

According to the news agency, the son of the warehouse owner Omar H. was detained.

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