Qahwaji Says IS Wants to Ignite Civil War in Lebanon

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Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji has accused the Islamic State group of seeking to ignite civil war in Lebanon and of relying on sleeper cells in the northern district of Akkar and the port city of Tripoli.

In an interview with the French daily Le Figaro, Qahwaji said the terrorists were counting on the cells in northern Lebanon and on the backing of some Sunni figures to achieve their objectives.

The jihadists want to ignite war between the country's Sunnis and Shiites, he said.

He also accused them of seeking to create a safe passage to the sea in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

They believe they can achieve that in Lebanon by linking the Syrian Qalamun mountains with Lebanon's northeastern town of Arsal and then Akkar district, the General told Le Figaro.

The army engaged in heavy clashes with the militants after they overran Arsal in August and took with them soldiers and policemen as hostages.

But the military does not have enough capabilities to crash the jihadists and rescue the captives.

Qahwaji said that his institution needs helicopter gunships to back the ground forces.

He told his interviewer that the army was able to equip the military's Puma helicopters with missiles to battle the jihadists but that soldiers needed more advanced weaponry.

The army chief stressed that the military differentiates between Syrian refugees who have escaped the war in their country and terrorists.

He defended Lebanese troops who were lately seen in a video assaulting suspects rounded up during raids on encampments for Syrian refugees in Arsal.

The army distanced itself from the video that circulated on social media last month. But Qahwaji said that the reaction of the soldiers is understandable given the torture practiced by the jihadists against the troops.

Three of the so-called Arsal hostages were executed in September and August – two of them were beheaded while one was shot dead.

The army is ready to investigate some incidents that have happened lately, Qahwaji said.



Comments 58
Default-user-icon CFTC (Guest) 10 October 2014, 13:51

Same target aimed by ... nanaharnet
we all knew that, that's why it won't happen (-:

Default-user-icon CFTC (Guest) 10 October 2014, 14:07

Please CFTC (Guest) try to use your own screen name because I am getting calls from people being confused between us. Thank you

Thumb galaxy 10 October 2014, 13:59

"The jihadists want to ignite war between the country's Sunnis and Shiites, he said."

But HA does not want to ignite Sunni-Shiite war by going to Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, and Yemen. That is OK for Qahwaji.

"He also accused them of seeking to create a safe passage to the sea in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon."

How about Hawaii, it has sea also!

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 15:04

The USA did not say it was launching airstrikes to defend shia villages. The USA does not chant for Zainab and Hussain or any religious slogans when it fights its enemies. The USA did not say "If you want to fight us, come to Syria", shall I continue or reality hit you in the face once again?

Thumb Maxx 10 October 2014, 15:04

The only things one can battle in Hawai'i is a volcano and a mega-wave. The former would be a losing battle, and Jihadists don't know how to surf to win the latter.

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 15:07

The USA did not say "we are coming to take your Mecca, it is OURS".... Digest the above flamethrower.

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 15:19

"everyone is free to chant to whatever god they pray to"
Yes, in their churches, homes, synagogues, or mosques but not on the battlefield in a foreign country while slaughtering its inhabitants who happened to be of a different faith. Stop eluding the truth, the world is sick of people like you. If you tell a 2 year sold child that HA is not waging a sectarian war and fueling Sunni-Shiite strife, it will roll on the floor and laughs its head off. Peddle your propaganda on Manar, yallah.

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 15:25

don't try to twist the topic. You started by saying the USA is also igniting sunni-shiite strife by carrying airstrikes on ISIS thus justifying HA presence in Syria. Now, you divert the discussion to what you claim as U.S atrocities in its wars on moslems. Now, how does that relate to your first claim about sunni-shiite strife. It is useless to debate with you coz every time you are cornered and caught you bring more variables to the debate. Losers typically do that...

Thumb ex-fpm 10 October 2014, 15:54

flamethrower, i seriously doubt you have a meaningful life. With all this free time on your hands I doubt you have a job. It is just impossible!

Default-user-icon Al Manar English Website (Guest) 10 October 2014, 16:21

On Behalf of Al Manar and its affiliate media outlets, I would like to welcome ..-flamethrower-. as our new online propagandist.
..-flamethrower-. comes from a long and varied background in propaganda posts last of which was with our sister and much respected OTV. He was chief online propaganda editor and has earned world renown reputation for taking propaganda to lows never reached before.

We at Al Manar are excited about ..-flamethrower-.'s new appointment and look forward to working with him in this very important strategic post for our iranian funded news media.

Default-user-icon elie (Guest) 10 October 2014, 16:33

I doubt flamethrower is his own boss unless he runs a captagon manufacturing facility.

Thumb galaxy 10 October 2014, 16:46

I will not do your work for you, the whole world knows HA is in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain. But here some links for you
Iranians, Hezbollah members among those freed from Yemen intelligence HQ: source
The release of the Iranians came a day after Yemen freed two suspected members of Lebanon's Hezbollah group, the official said.

Default-user-icon CFTC (Guest) 10 October 2014, 17:31

The_Roar; Flamethrower is more than capable of defending himself and he does not a sidekick.

Thumb popeye 11 October 2014, 00:33

Obviously Qahwaji interviewed ISIS and they told him they want a safe passage to the sea. Military personnel should not make political statements that have far reaching consequences.

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 10 October 2014, 14:01

really mr general of the army nobody knew especially their sympathizers and funders

Missing .karim.- 10 October 2014, 14:21

God bless General Qahwaji for protecting Lebanon from invasion by the kingdom of terrorism and its army, the FSA-Al Qaeda-ISIS heart-eating, civilian-slaughtering jihadist Wahabist terrorists.

Default-user-icon CFTC (Guest) 10 October 2014, 14:37

for example ... this one called 'terrorist' is a fake account. It is used by nanaharnet for the above mentioned purpose (-:

Default-user-icon CFTC (Guest) 10 October 2014, 17:19

Here is a prime example of CFTC (Guest) hijacking my screen name and accusing others of having fake accounts! Please, I ask you one more time not to use my screen name. Choose another screen name Like Shia-Warrior or Abbas-Madras or any other name but not mine!

Thumb galaxy 10 October 2014, 14:44

comment on the article roar the troll instead of camping on this site 24/7 waiting for someone to express his opinion ready to pour your ready made and canned accusations. Your speciality is trolling and fake accounts.

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 14:53

At least 18 civilians, four of them children, were killed in Syrian army bombardment and air strikes in the south of the country Friday, a monitoring group said.

Dear Southern; I posted a link from naharnet and I thought you would like to comment on it since you and flamethrower always condemn the killing of innocent Syrian children or are you afraid your comments will get deleted?

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 15:13

flamethrower; where does it say we only have to comment on the article and not on cheaply bought propagandists like you who clearly dont like to face the truth?

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 16:03

I am glad southern you also classify Qana massacre as collateral damage too.

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 19:32

ado and his other accounts; you are not worth a reply. Go check your facts.... it was not a suicide bomber attack that killed those children, it was car bombs. Who said it was not assad who planted them? Manar is available and willing to host your propaganda. The article is still open if you wish to condemn the killing of innocent women and children, fake!

Default-user-icon arc (Guest) 10 October 2014, 15:05

IS, is that an acronym for Michel Samahsa

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 10 October 2014, 15:06

terrorist ism 3ala mousama you represent really the name terrorist you and all alike you that despise all you hate is other religion always you judge not on competence as you say but on religion everything and all that is not sunni is incompetent or what have you, this reflect you and your alike sick and dirty mentality

Missing peace 10 October 2014, 15:06

funny FPMers... when it suits them qahwagi is a saudi paid traitor or a lebanese hero... depending on their propaganda of the day...

and they pretend to be credible. LooooooooooooooooooooooL !

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 15:10

this shows who is panicking when they see more red fingers than green ones next to their posts ya flamethrower (:

Thumb canadianpaul 10 October 2014, 15:12

Don't understand all the hoopla. Nothing wrong with what he said. Yes, he didn't even mention HA, but that's to be expected of a presidential candidate.

Thumb canadianpaul 10 October 2014, 15:24

Thanks for the enlightening argument. Appreciate the insight.

Missing peace 10 October 2014, 15:25

sure canadian: a true patriot should stand against BOTH terrorists organisations... but as he is under HA pressure he will never state that hezbis are violating the lebanese law, disassociation Policy that they have signed...
but he needs hezbis if he wants a future in Lebanon.... of course FPMers will say it is not true... despite the facts LOL

Missing peace 10 October 2014, 15:48

sure , but like the king's fools they are entertaining. idiots always entertain...

just see how they deflected the question with no sensible answer...despite an easy question because the answer embarass them... so as every irresponsible idiot they prefer to look big by belittling others than to show their ignorance and embarassement...

just let them answer my simple question!: shouldn't a man of state denounce ALL parties that violates lebanese laws?

Missing peace 10 October 2014, 15:53

oh! and for that idiot FT : seems i did not use LOL in the previous post... so it shows that you are here just to make fun of others with not a single hint of intelligence... a typical FPMer i should say.
answer the question or zip it if you have nothing to say just be here to try and prove what a man you are not...
poor frustrated chap... seems you do not use much of what is between your legs so it affects your brain... no need to come here and let everyone see your handicap!

Missing peace 10 October 2014, 16:52

still NO answer to a simple question from the two drag queens of this site... it embarasses them too much.... pityful idiots

Thumb Maxx 10 October 2014, 15:13

I'm neither a March 8er nor a March 14er (I'm an April 20er), so I suppose that should explain why I only support Gen. Qahwaji's statement 50%.
Here are my reservations: Though on the one hand, sure, Tripoli and Akkar (as well as Arsal) are simply more easily accessible from Syria and more susceptible to harbour recruiters and sleeper cells (and, admittedly, recent events didn't help alleviate suspicions either), now that the terrorists know the Army's main strategy, they might go and re-base themselves in less suspicious areas. Have you seen the photo of the latest defector? He doesn't look like a terrorist, more like a "shabb jagal", so he could pass under the radar if the radar is only set to stereotypical profiling.
I'm 100% pro-Army, but I believe that the Army should keep their eyes open all over Lebanon, not just in the "hot-spots".

Thumb ex-fpm 10 October 2014, 15:51

Roar; it is so obvious it is you making this fake account, people are laughing at you. Grow up

Thumb ex-fpm 10 October 2014, 15:56

lol@ the _roar

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 15:58

no problem fake "..........iceman......." i meant the_roar i will meet with you, just let me know when. Troll

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 10 October 2014, 17:08

26 comments so far of nonsense by the_roar (not counting the fake account) and he categorically denies trolling.

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 10 October 2014, 17:10

terrorist where is your king Abdullah rumors he is dead ? what do you know ?

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 10 October 2014, 17:15

7 minutes ago VDL (93.3): Gunmen from the Zoaiter family escorted Nouh Zoaiter from al-Rayyan Hospital where he was receiving treatment to an injury incurred during an army raid against his residence.
58 minutes ago OTV: Wanted suspect Nouh Zoaiter was wounded in his shoulder while being pursued by security forces in Baalbek, but he managed to escape.

and we are supposed to trust the resistance to defend us?!

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 10 October 2014, 17:27

It takes 7 seconds to count your useless comments, but how long did it take you to write 28 comments on ONE article only?!

Thumb Elemental 10 October 2014, 18:07

Support for the LAF only, both ISIS and HA want to turn Lebanon into their own caliphates. Of course he won't implicate HA, because it would mean his family or he himself would pay with his own life, it's a matter of protection.

Thumb Elemental 11 October 2014, 05:47

I see four Iranian Revolutionary Guard implants disagree.

Default-user-icon Aoun (Guest) 10 October 2014, 19:04

Look at those stupid propagandist FPMer's Carolina
"M14 doesn't support the army, we Aoun boot-lickers support the army" parolos paroles dans l'air...
You suuport an Iraninan religious Militia!
Go squeeze your orange juice and sell your propagnada elsewhere

Thumb nickjames 10 October 2014, 19:06

"But the military does not have enough capabilities to crash the jihadists and rescue the captives. Qahwaji said that his institution needs helicopter gunships to back the ground forces."

“The Lebanese army has enough capabilities to deal with the matter... Its role shouldn't be questioned,” Bassil told reporters.

--Who to believe??

Missing peace 10 October 2014, 19:11


Thumb nickjames 10 October 2014, 19:15

the_roar 4 hours ao
why you getting mad? You seem to hate me & anyone else who supports the LAF & the Gen of the LAF.

Spare us the nonsense, Roar. You always brag how the army is working with Hezbollah side by side. If you were really for the LAF, you would not accept any militia working outside state jurisdiction. Either you are with the LAF, be it strong & competent or weak & incompetent w bas. Not "I love the army but God bless Hezbollah for working with them." No.

Militias were the reason the civil war went on for 15 years. Militias were the reason behind 7 Ayyar clashes, the Saida battle last year, and the frequent Tripoli skirmishes. Militias are the reason why lunatics like Daesh accuse the the army of being controlled by militias. Militias are the reason Lebanon isn't a united country. Militias are the reason for sectarian strife.

Thumb nickjames 10 October 2014, 19:18

"Lets see who supports the LAF unconditionally & who will criticize it."
--When you support Hezbollah, by default you are supporting LAF on conditions. In other words, you don't have faith in the LAF without Hezbollah.

Thumb nickjames 10 October 2014, 19:49

I'm truly lacking? Lol so what is your position? You love the LAF, but you also like Hezbollah? How admirable, Roar. How would you feel if the Hariris with their billions formed a hardcore Mustaqbal militia (not the pathetic dudes in 7 Ayyar), or if Israel started rearming the Ouwwet and they retake all of Mount Lebanon? You would be pissed as hell, you'd say they're traitors who are defying the state.

You don't care about Lebanon, you just support Aoun and what's good for Aoun. If that means supporting Hezbollah then it's okay with you because Hezbollah gives Aoun more power. You use Aoun's past as a general to pretend you support the LAF, when really all you support is Aoun.

Thumb nickjames 10 October 2014, 19:57

than* Hezbollah. And what the Armenians, they should take up arms and strengthen the Change and Reform axis, right? Otherwise they'd be traitors to Aoun and Franjieh. Now all the political parties have their own militias, isn't that beautiful, Roar? Isn't it great how we support the LAF, but also the right to have militias work outside the jurisdiction of the state?

Thumb nickjames 10 October 2014, 20:11

A comment got deleted for some reason, thanks Naharnet. I asked what if Jumblatt fully reactivated the PSP. They got their weapons Roar. Why you think Hezbollah couldn't conquer Chouf during 7 Ayyar? What about Berri, does he get a free ride since he'll strengthen the Shia resistance? What about Aoun? If he found all those then-17-year-old boys he abandoned in 1990 and recruited them to start his own militia, that'd be patriotic of him right? He'd be more patriotic than Hezbollah. What about Franjieh? He needs to protect Zgharta and help Aoun, right?

Missing peace 10 October 2014, 21:27

pussycat will not answer your arguments with counter arguments as he has none... he ll just make fun of you to hide his frustration of being unable to answer logically... he already done that to a similar post i wrote...

M8ers are just a bunch of hypocrites when they pretend to defend the army as you just demonstrated here...

Thumb liberty 10 October 2014, 19:22

you are the only genuine poster here just by looking at your screen name.

Thumb EagleDawn 10 October 2014, 19:34

lol@Liberty! He is a known fake with not much smarts but plenty of bla bla bla. Each bla in his screen name represents at least one ban.

Default-user-icon blablablablabla and one more bla (Guest) 10 October 2014, 19:25

excellent conclusion blablabla! read the article again and you will find what you are missing hehehe!

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 10 October 2014, 19:50

terrorists were and still counting on the cells in northern Lebanon and on the backing of some Sunni figures to achieve their objectives.

Missing humble 10 October 2014, 20:50

Civil war means clearly sunni + shia + christians + druze
Who has interest among the 4 to ignite civil war?
Not the druze
Not the christians
Not the sunnis
.....they will have to find other partners...
YES, they want to have a different Lebanon....a stone age lebanon

Default-user-icon hello, its obvious... (Guest) 13 October 2014, 14:54

a lebanese army general proved his loyalty to syria/hezbollah through nahr el bared war 2007 (syrian instigated) .... he was deemed the hero, past the test, and later became president. Same thing happening now with general kahwaji..... hello? anybody home?