Jomaa Confesses: Jihadists Wanted to Establish 'Emirate' with Zureiqat as Leader

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The jihadists who overran Arsal in early August wanted to establish an Islamic "emirate" straddling northern and eastern regions and linked to Syria's Qalamun with Sirajeddine Zureiqat, a spokesman of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, as its "emir," a media report said on Monday.

"Imad Jomaa, whose arrest sparked the clashes (with the Lebanese army), confessed during preliminary investigations that Abou Malek al-Souri, emir of the al-Nusra Front in Qalamun, and the 29 armed groups under his command had agreed before Jomaa's capture to wage a joint attack on Arsal,” LBCI TV reported.

On August 2, deadly fighting erupted in and around Arsal, leaving 19 soldiers, 16 civilians and dozens of jihadists dead. The clashes ended with a truce negotiated by Lebanese Sunni clerics, but the jihadists withdrew from the area taking around 34 captive security personnel with them.

The assault on the town aimed to “turn it into a launchpad for attacks against other Lebanese towns and against the Lebanese Army in order to create a bigger conflict zone stretching from Syria's Qalamun and the Bekaa to the (Lebanese) north,” Jomaa reportedly confessed.

An Islamic “emirate” was supposed to be subsequently proclaimed, with Zureiqat as its leader, the detainee added.

He told interrogators that he was personally tasked with “coordinating the operation” and that seven groups were supposed to seize control of the army's posts in Arsal before moving to conquer Lebanese towns in the Bekaa and the North.

“Dormant cells in several Lebanese regions would have sought to create instability,” Jomaa added.

He noted that his arrest sparked the premature battle with the army, which was supposed to start on August 5.

The armed groups agreed on a “pact” on how to “deal with the Shiite and Christian villages after carrying out the operation,” Jomaa said.

According to the so-called pact, “the Rafida, or Shiites, represent the first target.”

“The greatest number possible of Hizbullah's men and women should be taken captive and anyone above 15 years old must be killed should they show any resistance,” reads the pact.

Christians and members of other sects would be spared “should they stay in their homes,” according to the jihadist agreement.

The pact also calls for taking hostage the highest number possible of army troops, especially officers, and killing anyone who resists.

Jomaa was known to be a member of al-Nusra Front, al-Qaida's Syria franchise, but a video that surfaced in recent weeks shows him pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, which reportedly appointed him as the leader of the extremist Fajr al-Islam Brigade.

Media reports have said that Abou Talal al-Hamad assumed leadership of the Brigade in the wake of Jomaa's arrest and that he is in charge of negotiating over the abducted troops.


Comments 23
Thumb canadianpaul 25 August 2014, 22:54

Now, hang him, please!

Thumb _mowaten_ 26 August 2014, 11:34

yes, but first let the ugly bird sing some more :)

above comment was censored. reposting it so someone can explain to me what the moderator found so shocking in it.

Default-user-icon cityboy (Guest) 26 August 2014, 13:26

do you think he was tortured mowaten by the army intelligence to obtain the desired confession?

Default-user-icon Tribal Monkeys (Guest) 26 August 2014, 00:00

Why does _Southern_ automatically equate an anti-HA stance with a pro-IS stance? He seems to miss the fact that some people are against all blind religious zealots; although I do concede that HA are less "crazy" than IS...

Thumb Tony.Farris 26 August 2014, 00:38

He looks like Hassouni in the morning, before his make-up...

Thumb Kalzyturks 26 August 2014, 05:02

One word


Thumb _mowaten_ 26 August 2014, 11:02

i see you use that word a lot, it's a real obsession for you. do you even know what it means?

Thumb _mowaten_ 26 August 2014, 13:07

yes i do. that's one of the perks of knowing how to read.

it apparently is a dispensation which allows muslims to deny their faith if they are in danger of persecution/death for it. i dont see how this word is related to anything here.

Thumb lebanon_first 26 August 2014, 08:03

Well said maxx

Thumb lebanon_first 26 August 2014, 08:03


Default-user-icon Behrooz Mahmud Behnam (Guest) 26 August 2014, 08:05

Good morning flamethrower!! My family insisted I read your comments before going to work today. Will you be posting all day long as usual? We love it!!!

Default-user-icon Behrooz Mahmud Behnam (Guest) 26 August 2014, 08:06

Exactly flamethrower! They won fair and square and could not govern due to..... the takfiris for sure.

Default-user-icon Behrooz Mahmud Behnam (Guest) 26 August 2014, 08:06

hahahaha! Thank you for the laughs flamethrower:))) My family and I are grateful to you

Thumb kataebi1965 26 August 2014, 08:12

whoever disliked or not approves my comment , can stuff it up his ...

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Missing coolmec 26 August 2014, 08:31

I agree with you

Default-user-icon Polichinelle Mounayyar de Bryton (Guest) 26 August 2014, 09:18

wonderful comments flamethrower, keep 'em comin!

Default-user-icon Ramez (Guest) 26 August 2014, 10:09

Too bad. Such a good looking man.

Thumb kanaandian 26 August 2014, 10:54

Primitive subspecies like his bros, looks like a drunk slub who hasn't had a girlfriend since he was .. well, just never ever had a girlfriend.

Default-user-icon Kamal Mahavira Rama (Guest) 26 August 2014, 13:29

you sometimes leave me and my family speechless!!! How do you keep doing it flamethrower! something another

Missing ysurais 26 August 2014, 13:13

i bet yur friend zureiqat is even uglier..

Missing ysurais 26 August 2014, 14:55

jomaa man zz monkey is much prettier than uu.,.and at least he does not terrorize people..

Default-user-icon _mowaten_ (Guest) 26 August 2014, 16:29

Dahyeh has enough why ask hollywood