The Department of State’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut has trained 260 Internal Security Forces members on “Protection of National Leaders” skills over the last 10 months, Embassy of the United States in Beirut said in a statement on Friday.

“Yesterday Head of the ISF Academy Brigadier General Ahmad Hajjar, INL Beirut Director Diana Brown, ISF Officials and officials from the U.S. Embassy attended the graduation of the ISF members who participated in the ninth and final session of this training at Aramoun Academy,” added the statement.

“The 260 trainees, which include female ISF officers, are now equipped with specialized skills related to VIP protection. There are also 14 ISF members who are now certified to conduct this training for their fellow officers.”

The statement added that “this latest round of training is part of the U.S. government’s continuing support for Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces. To date, INL has invested $160 million in strengthening the professional capacity of Lebanese law enforcement and as part of the overall U.S. security assistance program to Lebanon.”


The State Security announced on Friday the arrest of an Islamic State terror cell in the Mount Lebanon town of Aley, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Based on the order of the State Commissioner to the Military Court and after thorough observation, the State Security arrested the leader of the cell and its members, said NNA.

Lebanon’s security forces have intensified raids on suspicious locations where IS group members take a hide and prepare for terror schemes.

On Thursday the army killed an Islamic State group militant and arrested three others in Khirbet Daoud in Akkar.