Lebanese forces raided the Roumieh prison today, with officials saying they believe some of the inmates were connected to the weekend bombing in the northern city of Tripoli.
Troops transferred prisoners from one block to another, and some of the prisoners reportedly set mattresses on fire to try to keep them out.
The Interior Minister claimed that the prison amounted to an operations room for ISIS, with prisoners using Skype and cellphones to coordinate operations across Lebanon.
There’s been considerable disconnect over whether the bombing was done by ISIS, as the Interior Ministry claims, or by Jabhat al-Nusra, as the Syrian al-Qaeda faction insists.
Nusra also appeared to have some links to the prison, and is threatening retaliation against Lebanon for the raid on the prison.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US Struggles With Fighting Between Turkey, Syrian Kurds, Two Key Allies - January 22nd, 2018
- Turkey Escalates Attack on Syrian Kurds - January 22nd, 2018
- Syrian Kurds May Send Reinforcements to Afrin to Fight Turkey - January 22nd, 2018
- Facebook Will Use Surveys to Decide What Is 'Trustworthy' News - January 22nd, 2018
- Pence Praises 'the Miracle of Israel,' Pledges Embassy Move in 2019 - January 22nd, 2018