Official security sources in Lebanon stressed that the elimination of the Syrian opposition presence in areas adjacent to the Lebanese border will have positive impact on security in Lebanon, local daily Al-Akhbar reported Friday.
“Terrorist groups are not totally unable to carry out operations in Lebanon, but they are weakened after being divided into remnants,” the daily said.
High-level security sources told Al-Akhbar that the expulsion of the armed opposition from the town of Rankous in Qalamoun by the Syrian army and Hezbollah has virtually cut every direct contact between the northern Lebanese town of Arsal and the surrounding areas.
Sources also revealed that such development means the main source of suicide terrorism which struck Lebanon from the Syrian Qalamoun has been dried, especially amid the security measures on both border sides.
Tightened security measures on the northern borders of Lebanon with Syria are preventing the Zabadani region and Qalamoun villages – which are still under the opposition control – from turning into a terrorism base targeting Lebanon, Ability of opposition groups to launch missiles is exception in this regard, which will not last long due to the future attacks by Hezbollah and the Syrian army against opposition sites in the region.
The sources also said the groups that were associated with Al-Nusra Front, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Abdullah Azzam Brigades in Qalamoun have been turned into remnants easy to be fought off in Lebanon, because of the cut in the supply routes coming from Syria and the arrests carried out by the Lebanese security services during the last few weeks.